The engine of tomorrow



An iconic model that caught the eye in the past was introduced in 1970. It was the Mercedes 280 SE 3.5 coupe, which differed in a significant detail from its similarly simple version: the power of the engine. In place of the mediocre, standard in-line 6-cylinder engine, it had a brand new 3.5-liter V-8 that offered more than a 25% increase in power. It was advertised as the “engine of tomorrow” by Mercedes and had aluminum alloy cylinder heads, electronic Bosch fuel injection, and transistor ignition, delivering 230 hp, reaching 100 km / h in less than 10 seconds. Apart from the technical features, the 280 SE 3.5 coupe remains a status symbol of an entire era and is still extremely high in the collectors’ choices.