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While the hefty 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL (“sports light”) was anything but light, it was also far from sluggish. Despite being the heaviest of the 560s at 3,781 lbs., the 560 SL was capable of a top speed of almost 140 MPH. Its new 5.6-liter V-8 engine, boasting 227 HP and 287 lb-ft of torque, was more than capable of powering the luxury automobile.
Chock Full of Stock
Already brimming with luxurious stock amenities, the 560 SL came with only two options: heated seats and electronically adjustable headrests.
End of the Line
The 560 SL was the last in Mercedes’ R107 series (also known as the W107), which debuted in 1971 and was produced with various upgrades through 1989. In contrast to its more diminutive 1960s predecessor, the 560 was larger, heavier, more comfortable, and easier to drive.
For automobile historians, the 560 SL is notable for being one of the first cars to be designed with computer assistance. Designers used computer modeling to gauge the stresses and loads on portions of the body shell.
1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL Specs
- 5.6-Liter Single Overhead Cam V-8 Engine
- 237 HP
- 287 Lb-Ft Torque
- Weight 3,781 Lbs.
- 96.9-Inch Wheelbase
- Four-Speed Automatic Transmission
- Coil-Spring Independent Front Suspension
- Swing Axle Independent Rear Suspension With Coil Springs
- Four-Wheel Power Hydraulic Disc Brakes