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Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution

Post by Des » Fri 25 Jul, 2008 10:49 am

eMercedesBenz Feature: The Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution And 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II
Posted July 24, 2008 At 11:05 AM CST by T. Philips

http://emercedesbenz.com/Jul08/24_00129 ... on_II.html


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The W 201 marked Mercedes-Benz's return to motor sport at the end of the eighties after a break of over 20 years: AMG took part in the German Touring Car Championship in Mercedes' name. In order to maximise its chances, Mercedes-Benz produced in 1989 an Evolution series of the 190 E 2.5-16 which conformed to Group A regulations. The four-cylinder engine of this car that was to serve as the basis for Mercedes-Benz's new venture into motor sport has a shorter stroke (82.8 mm) than the standard 2.5-16 model (87.2 mm) to boost the engine speed. The Evolution's chassis has self-leveling suspension front and back (back only in the production version) and eight-inch instead of seven-inch wheels.

In terms of appearance, too, this Mercedes leaves one in no doubt whatsoever about its sporting aspirations: all the 502 special sedans built sport fender extensions, a low-level front spoiler and a towering rear spoiler - a requirement if these special features are to be used in the sports version, too. The Evolution unfortunately did not quite come up to expectations: At the end of the '89 season the best-placed Mercedes driver of the DTM, Kurt Thiim, only made fourth place.

Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution facts and figures:

In-house designation: W 201 E 25/2 Evolution


Construction year: 1989


Construction span: 1989


Production volume: 502


Price when new: DM 87,204


Engine: water-cooled four-cylinder in-line with two overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. Bosch CIS-E Jetronic.


Bore x stroke: 97.3 x 82.8 mm


Displacement: 2,463 cc


Output: 143 kW (195 hp) at 6,800 rpm


Power transmission: five-speed gearbox


Length/width/height: 4,430/1,720/1,342 mm


Unladen weight: 1,320 kg


Top speed: 230 km/h


Miscellaneous: For an extra 19,000 marks customers could have their Evolution 190 souped up for road use with an AMG powerpack - the result: 165 kW (225 hp) at 7,200 rpm.


Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II: Compact dynamism

The Mercedes-Benz 190 (201 series) 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 and after several engine and equipment refinements? This development finally culminated in the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1990.

A first sports version came onto the market in 1983: in the ECE version, the engine of the 190 E 2.3-16 developed 185 hp (136 kW) and accelerated the car from standstill to 100 km/h 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 (143 kW) 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 (DTM). In 1988, Daimler-Benz became active by officially supporting teams competing in the DTM. One year later, a homologation version with type approval for road use, the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution I, made its debut. Engine output had remained the same but the running gear had been modified for the sort of racetrack work for which the EVO I 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. This model was highly successful in numerous races. Demands, however, were rising and so, the only logical step was to develop an even more powerful EVO.

This new car – 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 (173 kW) and a torque of 245 Newton meters between 5000/min and 6000/min. 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 sports suspension 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 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.

And so the EVO II caused quite a stir, quite literally. Within three months, a small series of 502 units was produced to obtain homologation for motor sport. The car’s price was self-assured, in keeping with its performance. The EVO II was to be had at a price of DM 115,260 (equivalent to € 58,932) – with air conditioning at DM 119,717 (€ 61,210). Buyers were ensured exclusiveness in return: every EVO II had a plate with its consecutive number next to the shift lever.

The car may have been ever so well developed and designed – for the motor sport teams, it was no more than the basis for additional modifications. And there was plenty of scope for the latter: engine output was boosted to well over 300 hp and the car’s weight was reduced to less than 1,000 kilograms, resulting in a top speed in the range of 300 km/h. It is therefore not surprising that the EVO II was a highly successful competitor on the racetrack – as borne out by the DTM driver’s title clinched by Klaus Ludwig in 1992.
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Re: Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution

Post by Hendrik » Fri 25 Jul, 2008 2:02 pm

What's all this interest in the 201 chassis Des? You thinking of getting one?
Does this mean project 170V is off the radar?

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Re: Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution

Post by Des » Fri 25 Jul, 2008 2:08 pm

Hendrik wrote:What's all this interest in the 201 chassis Des? You thinking of getting one?
Does this mean project 170V is off the radar?
No, no interest for me, I just post things here that I think other members might be interested in.

While W201's are a very nice cars and I have driven 2 different models they are far too small for me to drive comfortably, even a W123 is borderline, with the seat right back.

Project 170 may be a while off yet unfortunately,
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Re: Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution

Post by Kiwi108 » Fri 25 Jul, 2008 2:58 pm

Yes, I don't know about the Facelift models, which apparently have more leg room, but really it carries 2 adults and 2 small kids, or possibly 4 adults if your rear seat passengers are both double leg amputees. :shock:

Still an EVO II (AMG Powerpack)... short-stroke 2.5, 235 bhp, on the fly adjustable SLS front and rear, hydralic LSD with 90% lock up, huge hole in your pocket... you'd be the only kid on your block with one.
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Re: Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution

Post by Hendrik » Sat 26 Jul, 2008 11:42 am

Kiwi108 wrote:Yes, I don't know about the Facelift models, which apparently have more leg room, but really it carries 2 adults and 2 small kids, or possibly 4 adults if your rear seat passengers are both double leg amputees. :shock:

Still an EVO II (AMG Powerpack)... short-stroke 2.5, 235 bhp, on the fly adjustable SLS front and rear, hydralic LSD with 90% lock up, huge hole in your pocket... you'd be the only kid on your block with one.
The 201's are small, mine had the low seat option which made it bearable.
Don't think they ever made a RH drive evo.

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Re: Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution

Post by Ivanerrol » Sat 26 Jul, 2008 1:00 pm

My '87 pommee import 201 has manual adjustable seats. (with height adjustment). I can get the seat so far back my feet can just touch the pedals (I'm 188cms - 6ft2 and a bit). - Mind you, no room at all in the back seat for legs. :shock:

In my bigger 124, the seats do not go back this far.

209CLK seats go far back also.
A bit of info for CLK 209 prospective drivers. I opted for the manual adjustable seats in my 209. The buttons for the electric seats are mounted in such a position on the door that they hit my right knee when driving in cruise control. This results in the seats moving when driving. A stupid oversite for RHD 209's :?
(You need to be tall for this to happen.)
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