Legendary Mercedes 190 E Evo celebrates 30th anniversary

The Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II along with the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution and 190 E 2.3-16 © Courtesy of Daimler Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II

STUTTGART: On the occasion of the Geneva Motor Show in March 1990, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its spectacular 190 E Evo II, which was directly derived from the model that raced in the German touring car championship, the much-celebrated Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM).

As the name suggests, the “Evolution II” was the successor to the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution.

Produced in a little over 500 copies, under the hood it was equipped with the brand’s top-of-the line 4-cylinder 235 hp engine.

It also sported an imposing rear spoiler that considerably boosted down-force and road-holding, which was its most significant distinguishing feature with regard to its predecessors.

Both the spoiler and the model’s 43.18 cm alloy wheels were directly inherited from the DTM racer.

The limited-edition, street-legal version of the famous racing car still remains the most famous version of the Mercedes-Benz 190 E, which first launched in 1984.