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Video review – Mercedes SL280 (2000, R129)

I have been a fan of the Mercedes SL range forever but my favourite generation of these cars was the R129 variant that was on sale from 1989 to 2001.

This review covers the SL280 version that I borrowed from Karl Goodwin motors – thanks again to Karl for lending me the car.

These cars were the first to be sold with adaptive suspension and also the first to be sold with a rollover hoop that springs into action when it detects the car is starting to roll.  With various upgrades over the years, certain models of the SL class gained Xenon lights and automatic wipers. 

Spoiler alert – I really enjoyed testing this machine.  I was hoping it would live up to expectation – not only did it do that, but it’s now on my list of toy cars I’d love to add to my collection.  See how I got on in the videos and below the videos you’ll find the specs table too.


The Review

The Introduction

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The interior

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The test drive

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The conclusion

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Mercedes SL280 (2000) – Vital Statistics

Power150 kW (201 bhp) @ 5700rpm
Torque270 Nm (199 lb/ft) @ 3000rpm
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)9.7 seconds
Maximum speed229 km/h (142 mph)
Fuel consumption (average)11.3 l/100km (25.0 mpg)
Fuel type, tank capacityPetrol, 80 litres
Weight1740 kg
EngineDaimler-Benz M112 E28,
Bosch ME management,
SOHC,  Indirect injection
Displacement2799 cc
Cylinders and valvesInline 6, 18v
TransmissionDaimler-Benz W5A330
5 speed automatic transmission 
DrivetrainRear wheel drive


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