This year (actually this month) marks the 25th anniversary of the Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo II.
Not a sexy model name, but one that clearly states its race-bred origins.
In 1982 Mercedes-Benz introduced the 190E (model name W201), a compact executive saloon of which 1.8 million were produced until 1993. Both diesel and gasoline engines were available offering up to 166 hp.
Following its 1970s rallying participation, Mercedes switched to the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft – German touring car championship) in 1983 with the 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth.
A special bodykit and the Cosworth-prepared 2.3 litre 16-valve engine (185 hp) gave the 190E-based model a chance in the competitive DTM, against the BMW M3 Sport, Opel Omega 3000 and Audi V8 Quattro.
In 1988 the 2.5 litre engine replaced the 2.3 and power rose to 204 hp.
However the launch of the BMW M3 Sport Evolution forced Mercedes to raise the bar even higher.
In March 1989 the 190E 2.5-16 Evolution I was introduced. The subtle bodykit of the previous “Cosworth” models was replaced with wider arches and larger spoilers. While the engine was upgraded to sustain higher rev limits and better top-end power output, the power of 194 hp remained similar to the previous model.
This model was also equipped with the adjustable suspension which could be altered from within the cabin.
502 models of the Evo I were produced for homologation purposes.
In March 1990 Mercedes upped the stakes even further with the Evo II which gave the term spoiler another dimension. The bodykit was wind tunnel-tested and was intended to reduce drag and increase downforce. The enormous rear spoiler was adjustable and quickly became the trademark of the Evo II. The flared wheel arches housed the Evo II 17-inch wheels. The self-levelling suspension remained.
By mounting the AMG PowerPack to the Evo I-engine the power output rose to 235 hp (for the production cars). The engine was continuously adapted and by the end the engine produced 350 bhp in race-configuration.
Just like the Evo I, 502 models were produced, all in blue/black metallic. Except the last two cars which were silver.
This 1992 production car (chassis number 473) features 235 hp and looks just awesome. It’s not elegant at all but the sheer force it breathes is … well … breathtaking and intimidating. And for that I commend it.
The blue/black metallic paint makes this car even more menacing. The all black leather interior is in mint condition Not surprisingly if you look at the incredible low mileage of 17.988 km.
Furthermore the car features a lot of luxury options like air-conditioning, electric windows (front and rear), heated seats and an electric sunroof. The suspension and numerous spoilers can be adjusted to your mood.
This Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo II is being offered by Auto Leitner (NL).