Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing vs Chevrolet Corvette 283 FI vs Jaguar XK-SS

Picture of Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Picture of Chevrolet Corvette 283 FI
Picture of Jaguar XK-SS
Category 300 SLCorvette 283Jaguar XK-SS
Max power (ps) 215294266
Max torque (Nm) 275393353
Curb weight (kg) 129513201000
Power / tonne (ps) 166223266


Category 300 SLCorvette 283Jaguar XK-SS
0 - 100 kph 7.2 s7.0 s7.0 s
0 - 60 mph 7.4 s6.6 s6.8 s
Top speed 261 kph237 kph256 kph


Category 300 SLCorvette 283Jaguar XK-SS
Track Performance 000
Straight line speed 263275286
Total 263275286


There is no clear winner in this comparison.

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ChrisBigBoy   3w ago

Further thoughts how come the Mercedes with the least power plus it doesn't look that streamlined has the higher top speed in one table especially compared with the lightweight Powerful xkss which was designed by an engineer who had worked on streamlining with aircraft and was therefore designed to be very Aerodynamic, these performance figures are definitely wrong.


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196ss  3w ago

I have raised this question before. The standard road 300SL couldn't accelerate to 260 km/h, even the version with an axle ratio of 3.25 (tallest available gearing).

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Jack  5m ago

I would not say the jag won because of the lower top speed it has than the SL. The difference in kph is 5, and the jag’s acceleration is only .8 of a second faster. Good matchup.

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Steve Westwood   9m ago

Why then is the XKSS regarded as the worlds first supercar as the 300SL came 3 years earlier ??

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BigBoyChris  1y ago

Some figures are quite wrong here and there is a clear winner the jaguar xkss developed straight from the racing D-Type which won le mans for 3 years, look at the power to weight ratios and take into account that it was a road going version of a aluminium bodied highly technically developed racing car

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BR2+  5y ago

Or if you just have money

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Fastedee  5y ago

This could be in your garage if you host the Tonight Show for 1000 years lol.