Germany’s DTM series has always attracted a sort of cult following for motorsport fans, and numerous legends have been born on the tracks – for example the Mercedes 190E DTM.
Now the classic racer has crossed a bridge across 27 years of time – showcasing its boxy athletic lines and massive wing in front of a “nephew”, the C63 DTM racer – which is, as anyone can imagine, way – way faster. Race cars have eaten up technical space like a Star Wars battleship cruiser eats light years, and have grown into sophisticated space-age models today. Back in the 1990s the machines were still using the production vehicles as a base, and today have nothing in common with the road-legal version. Mercedes-Benz shows us that by bringing together a 1990 190E 2.5-16 Evo II and a 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM at Italy’s Vallelunga track.
You can’t even compare them in a straight-line acceleration battle. The 190E uses a 2.5-liter highly strung four-cylinder and the road car’s bare shell – while the C63 has a 4.0-liter V8 with about 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts). The braking scenario actually show a close bet – because the cold ceramic brakes on the C63 need time to reach their operational temperature. The test on the track is also something out of the ordinary – driving experiences differ like ages. The C63 has the performance to keep the driver on its toes, while the 190E is engaging due to the H-pattern gearshift and double clutching on downshifts.