The German automaker seems to have found a way of allowing people to experience the feisty 190E Evo II without having to worry about the implications of crashing one of the few examples remaining.
Next to the E30-generation BMW M3, the W201 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 is of course a representative of the glory days of touring car racing from the late 1980s and early ‘90s. Of course, a pristine example of the high-performance Mercedes sedan clearly goes for six-figures – and the company has found a way to use an example at historic motorsport events. Those going to the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Classic Trackdays at Zolder and Oschersleben will see the model going full speed on the tracks – and the company has no worries because it’s just a copy.
The example was built from the specifications of the 190E 2.5-16 Evo II – just 502 original examples were constructed from 1990. AMG worked on the short-stroke, big-bore 2.5-liter four-cylinder that was rated at 232 horsepower (173 horsepower) in the street-legal version, good for a 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) sprint in 7.1 seconds – meanwhile the track version had 367 hp (274 kW). Mercedes-Benz DTM racer Jörg van Ommen is taking care of Trackdays for Mercedes-Benz Classic – the event at Zolder costs 650 euros, and the one at Oschersleben is a bit pricier at 780 euros.