1992 Mercedes-Benz 600 SEC

Initially, two variants of the coupe from the 140 series were offered: the 500 SEC (V8 engine, 235 kW/320 hp) and the 600 SEC (V12 en-gine, 290 kW/394 hp). In engineering terms, they were based on the S-Class sedans launched in 1991; unlike the predecessor coupes from the 126 series, however, they were stylistically more independent from the corresponding sedans.

Analogous to the other passenger car models from Mercedes-Benz, new model designations were introduced for the S-Class coupes as well in June 1993; the 600 SEC, for example, became the S 600 coupe.

Two fundamental technical innovations became available in the S 600 coupe for the first time: in May 1995, a completely newly developed five-speed automatic transmission with slip-controlled torque converter lock-up clutch and electronic control was introduced. Another innovation was the Electronic Stability Program ESP. In 1996, the model designations of the coupes were changed once again. The series was now called CL – and this was no end in itself but reference to the fact that the large coupes had adopted the pacemaker function for the entire coupe family.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
price $ $ $132 000 usd
engine V12
valvetrain Dohc 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 5987 cc / 365.3 in³
bore 89.0 mm / 3.5 in
stroke 80.2 mm / 3.16 in
compression 10.0:1
power 290.1 kw / 389.0 bhp @ 5200 rpm
specific output 64.97 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
torque 569.4 nm / 420.0 ft lbs @ 3800 rpm
redline 6000 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front tires 235/60ZR-16
rear tires 235/60ZR-16
front brakes vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS
f brake size x 320 mm / x 12.6 in
rear brakes vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS
r brake size x 300 mm / x 11.8 in
front wheels F 40.6 x 19.0 cm / 16.0 x 7.5 in
rear wheels R 40.6 x 19.0 cm / 16.0 x 7.5 in
steering Recirculating Ball w/Variable Power Assist
curb weight 2248 kg / 4956 lbs
wheelbase 2944 mm / 115.9 in
front track 1603 mm / 63.1 in
rear track 1575 mm / 62.0 in
length 5060 mm / 199.2 in
width 1895 mm / 74.6 in
height 1427 mm / 56.2 in
transmission 4-Speed Auto
gear ratios 3.87:1, 2.25:1, 1.44:1, 1.00:1, :1
final drive 2.65:1
top speed ~249.4 kph / 155.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~6.6 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~15.1 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~14.8 seconds