The first ever Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II to become available at an auction in the United States sold for a cool $220,000 during RM Sotheby’s event in Arizona.
Probably one of Germany’s best touring cars of the 1990s, the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II is a legend in becoming, and one lucky car collector now has the chance to enjoy a particular example that even came with additional enhancements to make it better on the track – even though the previous owner never raced. The 190E Evo II was the halo car in terms of homologation specials for Mercedes’ great touring car racing program of the age. Through consequential evolutions, Cosworth took the four-cylinder engine to 2.5-liters and the car that sold had at the time 235 horsepower (175 kilowatts) – sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox with dogleg first gear.
The 190E Evo II is also a sight to behold, even in this rather menacing dark shade of gray – large front splitter, beefy fender flares, a huge rear wing – everyone knows this is not your usually comfy Mercedes. The interior meanwhile is at the brink of all-out racing, while the car is still allowed to hit the open streets. RM Sotheby’s listing details the upgrades made by the previous owner – racing-spec exhaust manifold, a custom header tank, larger injectors, a fuel cell, and Motec engine management. Brembo Monobloc brakes and the DTM-spec OZ wheels look absolutely fabulous.