This page includes the numbers of manufactured versions for export, but the technical data corresponds to the European versions only.
Type 380SEC 500SEC 420SEC 500SEC 560SEC
Series 1 1 2 2 2
Designation C126 E38 / 126.043 C126 E50 / 126.044 C126 E42 / 126.046 C126 E50 / 126.044 C126 E56 / 126.045
Production 09.80 / 10.81 - 09.85 07.80 / 10.81 - 09.85 08.85 / 10.85 - 10.91 09.85 - 09.91 06.85 / 10.85 - 10.91 ; ECE: 10.85 - 09.87
Total Number of Units 11.267 until 09.91: 30.184 3689 from 07.80: 30.184 28929
Engine and Transmission          
Type / Designation M116 E 38 / 116.963 M117 E 50 / 117.963 M116 E 42 / 116.965 M117 E 50 / 117.965 M117 E 56 / 117.968
Number of Cylinder and Arangement 8 / 90-V-shape
Bore x Stroke 88,0 x 78,9 mm 96,5 x 85 mm 92,0 x 78,9 mm 96,5 x 85 mm 96,5 x 94,8 mm
Displacement 3839 ccm 4973 ccm 4196 ccm 4973 ccm 5547 mm
Combustion Ratio 9,4 9,2:1 9,0:1 ; from 09.87: 10,0:1 9,0:1 ; from 09.87: 10,0.1 ; ECE: 10,0:1
Crankshaft Bearings 5
Output (DIN) 204hp / 150KW @ 5250rpm 231hp / 170KW @ 4750rpm 218hp / 160KW (with cat: 204hp / 150KW); from 09.87: 231hp / 170KW (with cat: 224hp / 165KW) @ 5400rpm 245hp / 180KW @ 4750rpm (with cat: 223hp / 164KW @ 4700rpm); from 09.87: 265hp / 195KW (with cat: 252hp / 185KW) @ 5200rpm 272hp / 200KW @ 5000rpm (with cat: 242hp / 178KW @ 4800 rpm); ECE: 300hp / 220KW @ 5000rpm; from 09.87: 300hp / 220KW @ 5000rpm (with cat: 279hp / 205KW @ 5200rpm)
Torque 315Nm @ 3250rpm 405Nm @ 3000rpm 330Nm @ 3750rpm (with cat 310Nm @ 3600rpm); from 09.87: 335Nm (with cat 325Nm) @ 4000rpm 400Nm @ 3750rpm (with cat: 365Nm @ 2500rpm); from 09.87: 405Nm @ 4000rpm (with cat: 390 Nm @ 3750rpm) 430Nm @ 3750rpm (with cat: 390Nm @ 3500rpm); ECE: 455Nm @ 3750rpm; from 09.87: 455Nm (with cat: 430Nm) @ 3750rpm
Number of Valves 1 Inlet, 1 Outlet
Valve Timing 1 OHC per cylinder row
Camshaft Drive Double Row Timing Chain
Fuel Mixture Fuel Injection on Manifold, Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection on manifold, Bosch KE-Jetronic
Cooling System Water Coolant / Pump; 12,5L Water Water Coolant / Pump; 13L Water Water Coolant / Pump ; 12,5 L Water Water Coolant / Pump ; 13L Water
Lubrication Lubricating Circuit 7,5 L Oil Lubricating Circuit / 8,0 L Oil
Electrical Circuit 12 Volts
Battery 66 Ah 66 Ah; from 09.90: 74 Ah 92 Ah
Alternator Three-Phase 980 W / ab 8.83: 1120 W Three-Phase 1120 W
Starter Motor 1,5 KW 1,5KW; ab 01.88: 1,7KW
Ignition Transistor Electronic Ignistor
Fuel Tank 90L
Driven Axle Rear
Suspension          
Front Springs Coil Springs, Rubber Pads
Rear Springs Coil Springs, Rubber Pads
Shock Absorbers Hydraulic Telescope Shock Absorbers Front: HydraulicTelescope Shock Absorbers, rear: Hydropneumatic Shock Absorbers
Steering Power Steering, Recirculating Ball
Steering Ratio 15,06:1 / 2,89 Turns Lock to Lock 15,06:1 / 3,03 Turns Lock to Lock
Brakes Brakebooster, ABS optional (stock from 12.84), four wheel disc brakes ( front ventilated) Brakebooster, ABS, four wheel disc brakes (front ventilated), optional ASR from 09.85
Parking Brake On Rear Wheels, Foot operated
Brake Dimensions front 286mm, rear 279mm front 300mm, rear 279mm
Rims Steel, Aluminium as an Option Steel, Aluminium as an Option; from 09.87 Aluminium stock Aluminium
Dimensions of Rims 6 1/2 J x 14 H2 7J x 15 H2
Tyres 205/70 HR 14 205/65 VR 15 215/65 VR 15; ab 88: 215/65 ZR 15
Transmission and Performance          
Transmission 4-Speed-Automatic
Type Planet Gears
Transmission Ratio I. 3,68; II. 2,41; III. 1,44; IV. 1,0; R. 5,14 I. 3,68; II. 2,41; III. 1,44; IV. 1,0; R. 5,14 I. 3,68; II. 2,41; III. 1,44; IV. 1,0; R. 5,14; from 09.87: I. 3,87; II. 2,25; III. 1,44; IV. 1,0; R: 5,59 I. 3,68; II. 2,41; III. 1,44; IV. 1,0; R. 5,14; from 09.87: I. 3,87; II. 2,25; III. 1,44; IV. 1,0; R: 5,59 I. 3,87; II. 2,25; III. 1,44; IV. 1,0; R: 5,59
Rear Diff Ratio 2,47 2,24 2,47 2,24 2,65
Maximum Speed 210 km/h 225 km/h 218 km/h (with cat: 210 km/h); from 09.87: 222 km/h (with cat 220 km/h) 230 km/h (with cat: 220 km/h); from 09.87: 235 km/h (with cat: 230 km/h) 238 km/h ( with cat: 228 km/h); ECE: 250 km/h; from 09.87: 250 km/h (with cat: 240 km/h)
Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h 9,8 s 8,1 s 8,3s (with cat: 8,7s); from 09.87: 8,2s (with cat: 8,3s) 7,3s (with cat: 8,0s); from 09.87: 7.2s ( with cat: 7,5s) 6,9s (with cat: 7,6s); from 09.87: 6,8s (with cat: 7,2)
Fuel Consumption @ 80 km/h / 120 km/h / Urban ( Euro Standard 80/1268/EWG ) 8,7 / 10,8 / 13,9 9,1 / 11,4 / 15,2 8,9 / 11,0 / 14,6 L (with cat: 9,3 / 11,6 / 14,9 L); from 09.87: 8,7 / 10,7 / 15,1 L (with cat: 9,1 / 11,3 / 15,4 L) 9,1 / 11,4 / 15,4 L ( with cat: 9,6 / 12,0 / 15,9 L); from 09.87: 8,8 / 11,1 / 15,8 L (with cat: 9,4 / 11,7 / 16,2 L) 10,6 / 12,9 / 17,1 L (with cat: 11,4 / 13,9 / 18,0 L); ECE: 10,5 / 12,7 / 16,8; from 09,87: 10,6 / 12,9 / 18,0 L (with cat: 11,4 / 13,9 / 18,0 L)
Dimensions and Weights          
Wheelbase 2850 mm 2845 mm 2845 mm
Track Front / Rear 1545 / 1517 mm 1555 / 1527 mm
Total Length 4910 mm 4935 mm 4935 mm 4935 mm
Total Width 1828 mm
Total Height 1406 mm 1407 mm 1402 mm
Turning Circle 11,53 m 11,5 m
Gross Weight 2105 kg 2130 kg 2120 kg; from 09.87:2140 kg 2140 kg; from 09.87: 2170 kg 2210 kg; from 09.87: 2220 kg
Gross Weight Front Axle 1000 kg 1010 kg 1020 kg; from 09.87: 1025 kg 1025 kg; from 09.87: 1040 kg 1070 kg; from 09.87: 1070 kg
Gross Weight Rear Axle 1105 kg 1120 kg 1100 kg; from 09.87: 1115 kg 1115 kg; from 09.87: 1130 kg 1140 kg; from 09.87: 1150 kg
Unladen Weight 1585 kg 1610 kg 1600 kg: from 09.87: 1620 kg 1620 kg; from 09.87: 1650 kg 1750 kg; from 09.87: 1760 kg
Max Load 520 kg 460 kg
Towing Weight with Brakes 1500 kg 1500 kg; from 03.89: 1900 kg
Towing Weight w/o Brakes 750 kg
Prices in Germany          
09.81 / incl. 11% VAT 69.495,00 DM 73.902,00 DM --- --- ---
09.82 / incl. 13% VAT 74.071,50 DM 79.043,50 DM --- --- ---
09.83 / incl. 14% VAT 77.292,00 DM 82.422,00 DM --- --- ---
09.84 / incl. 14% VAT 83.069,00 DM 88.464,00 DM --- --- ---
09.85 / incl. 14% VAT --- --- 94.563,00 DM 100.377,00 DM 133.608,00 DM
09.86 / incl. 14% VAT --- --- 98.867,00 DM 104.595,00 DM 136.003,00 DM
09.87 / incl. 14% VAT --- --- 101.517,00 DM 107.559,00 DM 139.535,00 DM
09.88 / incl. 14% VAT --- --- 104.652,00 DM 110.865,00 DM 143.469,00 DM
09.89 / incl. 14% VAT --- --- 106.818,00 DM 113.202,00 DM 146.490,00 DM
10.90 / incl. 14% VAT --- --- 113.544,00 DM 120.384,00 DM 155.724,00 DM
06.91 / incl. 14% VAT --- --- 116.964,00 DM 123.975,00 DM 160.398,00 DM