Happy Birthday, spoiler!

Stuttgart, March 11, 2015

Like a red hot wings monsters and real racing hero can arise from a terribly well-behaved family car, hardly a car has made ​​clearer than the legendary Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II. At its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show 1990, he expected the car enthusiast with blatant fender flares and have an almost ridiculously large, adjustable rear spoiler quite shocked (Mercedes calls the way "maximum athletic self-confidence "). The reason for so much extra body was, as so often in racing. For the FIA Homologation of vehicles of group A for the DTM 502 road vehicles had to be built.

Today, rather tame

These were all painted blue metallic black in color and equipped with 17-inch wheels. Under the hood lies a loud Mercedes " very fixed speed " 2.5-liter four-cylinder short-stroke motor with 235 hp and 245 Newton meters. " Very drehzahlfest " is not stupid, because if this machine needs something, then there are tours. The full performance is only at 7,200 rev / min, full torque at 5,000 rev / min. Acceleration from zero to 100 km / h in 7.1 seconds acts from today's perspective a sports car not very impressive. After running the Super Wing 250 km / h.

amazingly comfortable

The sportiest on the gear is first gear on the bottom left, otherwise you will change the course quite notchy and with far too long ways. This fits in perfectly with the interior, as expected with Karositzen and wood decor ambitious Limousine link homely ( from the outside without warning ) Daimler comfort. Only details betray the hothead. So the red zone starts at only 7,700 tours. In addition, the Evo II has a small switch on the left from the oversized steering wheel, laying up or down the car in three stages. The sport suspension should also contribute a large part to the fact that the Evo II is far better around the corner, as one would suspect due to his weary basis.

DTM Superstar

Finally, the 190 was launched in 1982 with 72 to 122 hp. Followed in 1984, the 185-hp 190 E 2.3-16. At the opening race of the new Nürburgring in the same year the new top model also impressed as an athlete. The hitherto largely unknown Ayrton Senna won the competition in the Baby Benz for themselves. The entry into the DTM was then carried out in 1988 and Roland Asch picked right off the bat, the runner-up. A year later, Mercedes went with the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution at the start. The racing version made ​​333 hp. The racing version of the Evo II was responsible then an AMG. His debut in the 373-hp touring car in June 1990 on the Nordschleife. In the final standings of the DTM 1990 season Kurt Thiim labeled with the car in third. In 1991, Klaus Ludwig runner-up. 1992 dominated the Evo II DTM: Klaus Ludwig took the overall victory in front of Kurt Thiim and Bernd Schneider.

Expensive at that time, still more expensive

In principle, one can also consider the just presented provide Mercedes-AMG C 63 with its maximum of 510 hp as the legitimate successor to the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II. The maximum winged baby - Benz finally began 25 years ago at all. The Evo II cost to launch incidentally 115,259 mark, with air conditioning, there were 119,717 marks. Not only for that time which is a small fortune. The acquisition is expected to have still worth it for most. Finally, the prices for the hottest 190 on the used car market is exploding. For very good specimens partially over 100,000 euros to be called. (sw)