What is the difference between a Mercedes SL 380 and an SL 450?

Question by Whos: What is the difference between a Mercedes SL 380 and an SL 450?
I’ve seen pictures of each, and I was wondering what, if any, the differences were between the two. I know the 450 was made in the 70′s, and the 380 in the 80′s, but other than that…?

Serious answers only please.
Thank you!

Best answer:

Answer by Mr3000
SL380 = 3.8 litre v8 204hp
sl450 = 4.5 litre v8 varied in power from year to year starting at 225hp and ending somewhere around 190hp
reason for the decline in power was the rising gas prices, as they attempted to make a v8 more fuel efficient, it lost power.

they are basically the same model “SL” just the evolution in the model from year to year. benz number 280, 380, 450 usually represent the engine in litres. 280 = 2.8 380 = 3.8 ect ect..