Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: Mercedes Benz W108 - 280 SE (1970) / Mercedes-Benz W123 200T (1983)
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Curious - How did the M130 W108 reach its top speed?
This has always been pondering me. On places such as Wikipedia, an M130 in a W108 280 SE was rated to do 185 km/h (114 mp/h). However in the two W108's we've tried over the years (both being 4 speed manuals), all the gears have been below 40 km/h (25 mp/h), 50 km/h (30 mph) if you gave it a bit of welly, although not pushing it. And I mean it seems a bit optimistic that it'll do from 50 km/h to 185 km/h in the same gear, am I right? We've never pushed it above 110 km/h, because the engine seems to rev up quite high. We have no idea how high, as the car has no tachometer. However I have been told that at 100 km/h, it'll do 3400 RPM (is this for a manual or an automatic?).
I've seen some videos of W108's shifting into fourth at 100 km/h (autos). However in the manual I own, it's half that. Is this just how the 4 speed manuals were?
Also worth noting that it feels like the engine still has a lot to give when you hit above 100. It's not struggling or anything and we never want to do above 100 km/h, however we don't want to hurt anything either by over-revving it for long periods of time.
I've also found it funny how both had very low gear ratios in reverse. You have to feather the clutch a lot, or else it'd stall. Feels like reverse is the same as second or third gear in another direction.
Last edited by Jackpody; 08-21-2013 at 01:04 PM.