Key facts

1998 Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG, 2001 MY R 129 R 129 E 55 information summary

What body style?
convertible/cabriolet with 2 seats
How long?
4499 mm
How heavy?
1820 kg
What size engine?
5.4 litre, 5439 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
354 PS / 349 bhp / 260 kW @ 5500 rpm
How much torque?
530 Nm / 391 ft.lb / 54 kgm @ 3000 rpm
How quick?
0-100 km/h: 5.90 s
How fast?
250 km/h, 155 mph
How economical?
18.5/9.6/12.8 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined

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1998 Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG technical specifications

Introduction

The Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG is a convertible/cabriolet designed by Bruno Sacco with 2 doors and a front mounted engine which delivers its power to the rear wheels.
The Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG is one of the R 129 range of cars from Mercedes-Benz.
The 5.4 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, single overhead camshaft, 8 cylinder unit that has an output of 349 bhp (354 PS/260 kW) of power at 5500 rpm, and maximum torque of 530 N·m (391 lb·ft/54 kgm) at 3000 rpm.
The engine delivers its power through to the wheels via a 5 speed automatic 'box.
Its claimed weight at the kerb is 1820 kg.
Maximum speed claimed is 250 km/h, which is 155 mph, claimed fuel consumption figures are 18.5/9.6/12.8 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined.
1998 Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG data
1998 Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG, 2001 MY R 129 R 129 E 55 data
bodywork
Body type2 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors2
DesignerBruno Sacco
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2515 99
Track/tread (front) 1535 60.4
Track/tread (rear) 1523 60
Length 4499 177.1
Width 1809 71.2
Height 1290 50.8
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.79
Kerb weight 1820 kg 4012 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 80 litres 17.6 UK Gal 21.1 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient 0.320
Frontal area 2.00
CdA 0.64
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Engine code M 113 E 55 / 113.985
Cylinders V 8
Capacity 5.4 litre
5439 cc
(331.908 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 97 × 92 mm
3.82 × 3.62 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.05
single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
3 valves per cylinder
24 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
354 PS (349 bhp) (260 kW)
at 5500 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
64.2 bhp/litre
1.05 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
530 Nm (391 ft·lb) (54 kgm)
at 3000 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
97.44 Nm/litre
1.18 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 10.5:1
Fuel system Bo HFM fuel inj.
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1224.5 kPa (177.6 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 679.88 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h 5.90 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 250 km/h (155 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 194.42 PS/g
142.99 kW/g
191.76 bhp/ton
0.09 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 6.99 kg/kW
11.68 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption 18.5/9.6/12.8 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km18.5/9.6/12.8 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined
km per litre5.4/10.4/7.8 km/l urban/extra-urban/combined
UK MPG15.3/29.4/22.1 UK MPG urban/extra-urban/combined
US MPG12.7/24.5/18.4 US MPG urban/extra-urban/combined
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ? 296.96 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 3.000
Turning circle 11.30 m
Front suspension I.W.CS.ARB.
Rear suspension I.MultiLi.CS.ARB.
Wheel size front 8.5J x 18 H 2
Wheel size rear 9.5J x 18 H 2
Tyres front 245/40 ZR 18
Tyres rear 275/35 ZR 18
Brakes F/R VeDi/VeDi-S-ABS
Front brake diameter 334 mm
Rear brake diameter 300 mm
Gearbox 5 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 0.83
Final drive ratio 2.82
general
Carfolio.com ID78859
Production total
Model code R 129 E 55
Model family R 129
RAC rating 46.7
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1998 Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG added 2001-03-19.
Last modified 2013-06-19.

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