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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing W 198 I 198.040 information summary

What body style?
fixed-head coupé with 2 seats
How long?
4520 mm
How heavy?
1293 kg
What size engine?
3 litre, 2996 cm3
How many cylinders?
6, Straight
How much power?
215 PS / 212 bhp / 158 kW @ 5800 rpm
How much torque?
275 Nm / 203 ft.lb / 28 kgm @ 4600 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 8.80 s
How fast?
217 km/h, 135 mph

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing technical specifications

Introduction

The 300 SL Gullwing is an automobile from Mercedes-Benz, with rear wheel drive, a front located engine and a Friedrich Geiger-desgined 2 door coupé body style.
The 300 SL Gullwing is part of Mercedes-Benz's W 198 I series of cars.
Power is supplied by a single overhead camshaft, 3 litre naturally aspirated dry-sumped 6 cylinder engine, with 2 valves per cylinder that provides power and torque figures of 212 bhp (215 PS/158 kW) at 5800 rpm and 275 N·m (203 lb·ft/28 kgm) at 4600 rpm respectively. Lubrication is of the dry sump-type.
This power is transmitted to the wheels through a 4 speed manual gearbox.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing weighs a quoted 1293 kg at the kerb.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing is claimed to attain a top speed of 217 km/h (135 mph).
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing data
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing W 198 I 198.040 data
bodywork
Body type2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
DesignerFriedrich Geiger
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2400 94.5
Track/tread (front) 1384 54.5
Track/tread (rear) 1435 56.5
Length 4520 178
Width 1778 70
Height 1302 51.3
Ground clearance 127 5
length:wheelbase ratio 1.88
Kerb weight 1293 kg 2851 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 100 litres 22 UK Gal 26.4 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient 0.380
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Engine code M 198 I / 198.980
Cylinders Straight 6
Capacity 3 litre
2996 cc
(182.827 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 85 × 88 mm
3.35 × 3.46 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.97
single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
215 PS (212 bhp) (158 kW)
at 5800 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
70.8 bhp/litre
1.16 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
275 Nm (203 ft·lb) (28 kgm)
at 4600 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
91.79 Nm/litre
1.11 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump dry sumped
compression ratio 8.55:1
Fuel system Bosch mechanical direct fuel injection
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1153.5 kPa (167.3 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 7
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 499.33 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph 8.80 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 217 km/h (135 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 166.24 PS/g
122.26 kW/g
163.96 bhp/ton
0.07 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 8.18 kg/kW
13.66 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
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
turns lock-to-lock 3.000
Turning circle
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension I.CS.
Wheel size front 5K x 15
Wheel size rear 5K x 15
Tyres front 6.50-15 super sport
Tyres rear 6.50-15 super sport
Brakes F/R 2LS/LT-ALHS
Front brake diameter 260 mm
Rear brake diameter 260 mm
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1.00
Final drive ratio 3.64
general
Carfolio.com ID61941
Production total 1371
Model code 198.040
Model family W 198 I
RAC rating 26.9
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-06-19.

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