One of only 502 vehicles produced, the Mercedes Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II is one of the high-performance Mercs to not be massaged by AMG
Nowadays, every Mercedes Benz high performance vehicle goes through AMG. There was a time when the German manufacturer built such cars without the assistance of the famous Mercedes Benz tuner. The Mercedes Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II, the vehicle you see here is one such car.
The late 1980s and early 90s were the best years for many people from an automotive standpoint. This was a time when Group B rally cars wreaked havoc on the country sides of Europe, German DTM racing was dominated by racing legends, and the first supercar was produced, the Porsche 959. It was also when the vehicle you see here, a very special Mercedes Benz 190E was first produced.
The precursor to the current C-Class, the 190E was not only an economical small premium vehicle, it also battled with the BMW E30 M3 for domination on racing circuits throughout Europe. The Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II was that monster. Only 502 were ever produced, without the assistance of the motoring magicians at AMG.
History of the Mercedes Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
Built as a homologation special to initially compete in Group B Rallying, the vehicle was later repurposed to take on the BMW M3 in famed DTM racing. It was powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams. The powertrain was massaged by the iconic racing engine manufacturer Cosworth to produce a whopping 235 horsepower. While meager by today’s standards, this was a huge amount of power for a car this size at the time.
High performance modifications included a five-speed dogleg Getrag transmission. The chassis was enhanced with larger anti-roll bars, a limited-slip differential, harder bushings, faster dampers, and a faster steering ratio. The aerodynamics of the vehicle was also heavily massaged with larger front and rear spoilers and body kit.
Modifications were sufficient for the 190 E Evo II to win the championship in 1992. These wins would have never taken place had a few road-going examples not been built.
The car you see here
The vehicle you see here may be more rare than the others in that it is one of the first currently in the United States. It has also been modified beyond what it left the factory with, specifically upgraded engine components, Brembo brakes, and DTM-spec OZ alloys.
With less than 5,000 KM on the vehicle, it is set to cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s in Scottsdale coming up in January 2017.