One of the BW Old Guard
Date registered: Aug 2004
Vehicle: 1988 560Sl
Location: Fort Payne, Al
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RE: 450SL & General Convertible Questions
I have a 1988 560, and have driven a 1977 450. I prefer the 560 over the 450 for many reasons, namely TORQUE. The HP on the 560 is advertised as 227, but the torque is 279 ftlbs at around 3500rpm (can't remember exactly). The trannies by design take off in 2nd gear unless near full throttle (which induces lots of wheel spin in the right conditions). You can opt for 1st gear take-off by manually engaging the "B" valve from the shifter lever if you want.
The torque is very noticable in accelerating from boulevard cruising speed of 35mph to 60 when compared to the 450. Bear in mind... neither are HOT-RODS! The handling in my 560 is not crisp, but it does not deter me from the twisties ever so often. Seems there is more understeer with teh 560, compared to the 450, possibly due to the all alloy 560 engine, compared to the 450's cast iron block.
As to body shake... I do not notice cowl shake too much over the bumpy back roads of NE alabama... especially compared to the 84 vette, 1971 MGB, and 2002 prowler I have had the pleasure of bending around the back roads.
All in All, I say a fairly solid ride, provided all suspension parts are up to snuff, and bushings on subframes are good.
RM Smith www.rmsmithco.com
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