Key facts

1981 Mercedes-Benz 380 SE, 1984 MY W 126 W 126 E 38 information summary

What body style?
sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4995 mm
How heavy?
1595 kg
What size engine?
3.8 litre, 3839 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
204 PS / 201 bhp / 150 kW @ 5250 rpm
How much torque?
315 Nm / 232 ft.lb / 32.1 kgm @ 3250 rpm
How quick?
0-100 km/h: 9.80 s
How fast?
210 km/h, 130 mph
How economical?
8.7/10.8/13.9 l/100km 90 km/h / 120 km/h / urban as per 80/1268/EEC

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1981 Mercedes-Benz 380 SE technical specifications

Introduction

The 380 SE is a rear wheel drive Bruno Sacco designed saloon (sedan) motor car with a front located engine, manufactured by Mercedes-Benz.
It forms part of Mercedes-Benz's W 126 range of cars.
Its 3.8 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, single overhead camshaft, 8 cylinder unit that has an output of 201 bhp (204 PS/150 kW) of power at 5250 rpm, and maximum torque of 315 N·m (232 lb·ft/32.1 kgm) at 3250 rpm.
The power is transmitted to the wheels by means of a 4 speed automatic gearbox.
The quoted weight at the kerb is 1595 kg.
Top claimed speed is 210 km/h or 130 mph, officially stated fuel consumption figures are 8.7/10.8/13.9 l/100km 90 km/h / 120 km/h / urban as per 80/1268/EEC.
1981 Mercedes-Benz 380 SE data
1981 Mercedes-Benz 380 SE, 1984 MY W 126 W 126 E 38 data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
DesignerBruno Sacco
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2935 115.6
Track/tread (front) 1540 60.6
Track/tread (rear) 1520 59.8
Length 4995 196.7
Width 1820 71.7
Height 1430 56.3
Ground clearance 150 5.9
length:wheelbase ratio 1.7
Kerb weight 1595 kg 3516 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 90 litres 19.8 UK Gal 23.8 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Engine code M 116 E 38 / 116.963
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 3.8 litre
3839 cc
(234.27 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 88 × 78.9 mm
3.46 × 3.11 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.12
single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
204 PS (201 bhp) (150 kW)
at 5250 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
52.4 bhp/litre
0.86 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
315 Nm (232 ft·lb) (32.1 kgm)
at 3250 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
82.05 Nm/litre
0.99 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 9.4:1
Fuel system Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1031.1 kPa (149.5 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 479.88 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h 9.80 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 210 km/h (130 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 127.77 PS/g
93.97 kW/g
126.02 bhp/ton
0.06 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 10.64 kg/kW
17.78 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption 8.7/10.8/13.9 l/100km 90 km/h / 120 km/h / urban as per 80/1268/EEC
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km8.7/10.8/13.9 l/100km 90kmph/120kmph/urban
km per litre11.5/9.3/7.2 km/l 90kmph/120kmph/urban
UK MPG32.5/26.2/20.3 UK MPG 90kmph/120kmph/urban
US MPG27.0/21.8/16.9 US MPG 90kmph/120kmph/urban
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ? 293.02 g/km
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering recirculating ball PAS
turns lock-to-lock 2.890
Turning circle 11.80 m
Front suspension I.UW.CS.ARB.
Rear suspension I.STA.CS.ALC.ARB.
Wheel size front 6½J x 14 H 2
Wheel size rear 6½J x 14 H 2
Tyres front 205/70 VR 14
Tyres rear 205/70 VR 14
Brakes F/R VeDi/Di-S
Front brake diameter 278 mm
Rear brake diameter 279 mm
Gearbox 4 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 1.00
Final drive ratio 2.47
general
Carfolio.com ID61446
Production total
Model code W 126 E 38
Model family W 126
RAC rating 38.4
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1981 Mercedes-Benz 380 SE added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-06-19.

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