Petrol direct injection, Bosch in-line injection pump
Approx. 20 liter
275 Nm at 4600 rpm
165/158 kW (225/215 HP)
6000 / 6400 rpm
Front engine with rear drive
Single disc, dry
Four-speed, floor-mounted shifter
5 possible ratios from 3,64 to 4,11
Single joint-swing axle with extra deep pivot point, coil springs, coil-auxiliary springs
4 Alu/cast iron-drums, brake booster, since 1961 discs
6.50 or 6.70 - 15 (5,5")
208 - 250 km/h dependent on the rear axle ratio
1957 - 1963
12 V/ 56 Ah
The tubes in so far only approx. 50 kg light frame are much thicker and partly changed around the seats. This results in a convertible with normal doors and crank windows. The curb weight increases albeit with losses in the acceleration values. 10 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h are still special values for the time. Then there is the new single-joint swing axle for a little less positive camber during rebound.
Of course at that time belongs to a convertible a hardtop for winter. It's the end of the luggage set behind the seats. For this is created space above tank and spare wheel space on the rear. Maximilian Hoffman, the American importer for Mercedes is satisfied. He had claimed the 300 SL for America and first received 'only' the coupe.
In front all lights now are integrated into one headlight. These also include the mist, standing, parking and indicator lights. The simple yet beautifully designed dashboard includes except leather cover and tachometer respectively revolution counter, still a vertical 'midrib', in the are summarized all other gauges and warning lights. The windscreen washer still is in its infancy.
The technical innovation goes even further. 1961 the brakes switched from duplex drums to discs. Thus, unfortunately, also disappear the central locks. The engine block is now made from aluminum.