Specialists in 190E Evolution 1 & Evolution 2

Evolution History......

The Mercedes-Benz 190 introduced in 1982 rapidly made a name for itself as the “Baby-Benz”. But who would have thought that it would also acquire a reputation as a compact sports car over the years?
A first sports version came onto the market in 1983 The engine of the 190 E
2.3-16 developed 185 hp and accelerated the car from standstill to 60mph in 7.5 seconds; the top speed was 230 km/h. The 190 E 2.5-16 which followed in 1988 with an advanced 195 hp sixteen-valve engine boasted similar performance. These were the sort of top-class performance figures which warranted the car’s use in motor sport. As early as 1985, the 190 E 2.3-16 was entered by private teams first in the French production car championships and from 1987 also in the German Touring Car Championships. In 1988, Daimler-Benz became active by officially supporting teams competing in the DTM.
The 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution 1 made its debut, one year later with a homologation version type approved for road use. Engine output had remained the same but the running gear had been modified for the sort of racetrack work for which the EVO 1 had been designed, forming as it did the basis for a Group A DTM touring car. Of this model, 502 units were built to obtain homologation – a precondition for participation in motor sport. In the first year Mercedes won eight times with the Evo in the DTM, compared with seven wins each for BMW and Ford, but still the titles eluded them. Thiim finished 3rd overall in drivers title 1991 season.


The EVO 1 had many bodywork modifications designed to reduce drag and to raise downforce at the front and rear axles. The engine was developed in the touring cars to produce around 330BHP! The fast Mercedes touring cars often emerged as the winners in exciting races against tough competition from Audi, BMW and Opel. Demands, however, were rising and so, the only logical step was to develop an even more powerful EVO.

The 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II celebrated its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1990. The 2.5 liter engine of the EVO II, as the car was known for short, developed an output of 235 hp. The engine was the same as the Evo 1 with slightly modified internals and better engine management. The car, weighing some 1300 kilograms, accelerated from standstill to 100 km/h in just 7.1 seconds and reached a top speed of 250 km/h.
The EVO II stood out for its bodywork modifications designed to reduce drag still further and to raise downforce at the front and rear axles. Particularly distinctive and eye-catching features were the large rear airfoil and the wheelarch flares.
The EVO II was a highly successful competitor on the racetrack , The DTM driver's title was clinched by Klaus Ludwig in 1992.


The road car, weighing some 1300 kilograms, accelerated from standstill to 100 km/h in just 7.1. Buyers were ensured exclusiveness in return, every EVO II had a plate with its consecutive number next to the shift lever. Unfortunately the Evo 1 did not have this, But the chassis number reveals its authenticity.

The sports suspension on the Evolutions afforded highly precise handling, being adjustable to three different heights by means of an inconspicuous switch to the left of the steering wheel. Sports seats gave the driver and front passenger firm support while rear passengers were provided with two contoured individual seats.

The 190E 2.5_16 Evolution then went on to race as a Klasse 1 car as can be seen below.


Evolution 1 Specification

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