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 byRichard Owen
price $$ $132 000 usd
engineV12
valvetrainDohc 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement5987 cc / 365.3 in³
bore89.0 mm / 3.5 in
stroke80.2 mm / 3.16 in
compression10.0:1
power290.1 kw / 389.0 bhp @ 5200 rpm
specific output64.97 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
torque569.4 nm / 420.0 ft lbs @ 3800 rpm
redline6000 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsFront Engine / RWD
front tires235/60ZR-16
rear tires235/60ZR-16
front brakesvented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS
f brake sizex 320 mm / x 12.6 in
rear brakesvented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS
r brake sizex 300 mm / x 11.8 in
front wheelsF 40.6 x 19.0 cm / 16.0 x 7.5 in
rear wheelsR 40.6 x 19.0 cm / 16.0 x 7.5 in
steeringRecirculating Ball w/Variable Power Assist
curb weight2248 kg / 4956 lbs
wheelbase2944 mm / 115.9 in
front track1603 mm / 63.1 in
rear track1575 mm / 62.0 in
length5060 mm / 199.2 in
width1895 mm / 74.6 in
height1427 mm / 56.2 in
transmission4-Speed Auto
gear ratios3.87:1, 2.25:1, 1.44:1, 1.00:1, :1
final drive2.65:1
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