SL600 Shines at Midnight Drags
Watch an R129 Mercedes-Benz SL600 beat a Porsche 911, a Mustang GT and an F-150 Lightning in a series of heads-up quarter mile battles.
The R129 Mercedes-Benz SL600 is a solid performance car thanks to the 389 horsepower V12 engine and this series of quarter mile drag races shows how the sleek two-door stands up to some of the biggest names in the performance world. In these three videos, the SL600 knocks off a Porsche 911, a Ford Mustang GT and a Ford F-150 SVT Lightning at a local Midnight Drags event.
SL600 and the Competitors
These three videos were shared by “slicksldriver” from the Richard S YouTube chhanel in the Official R129 Video Thread. There are few details on the vehicles, but we know that this racing action was captured during a “Midnight Drags” event. At this event, everyone races heads-up, there are no times posted and all that matters is leaving on green and getting to the finish line first.
As far as we know, the SL600 and Porsche 911 are stock, while the 5.0L-powered Mustang GT has “full exhaust” and the Lightning has intake and exhaust. According to the details on the F-150 race, it is packing around 500 horsepower, but there is no way to confirm that.
On the other hand, we can see that the SL600 beats each of these vehicles to the finish line.
The Racing Action
The first video (above) shows the Mercedes taking on a Porsche 911 and by the time the two cars get to the cameraman a few hundred feet from the starting line, the Benz already has a small lead. On the top end, the Benz takes the win.
In the second race, the Mercedes takes on a 1995 Mustang GT, but the 5.0L-powered muscle car is trailing as soon as the race starts – leading to another win for the German coupe.
Finally, the Benz takes on a built Ford F-150 SVT Lightning which is said to have 500 horsepower. In this race, the Benz is trailing early on, but the V12 power puts the Mercedes ahead at the finish line.
The video footage is almost ten years old, but these grainy videos show the Mercedes-Benz SL600 doing the brand proud on the quarter mile.