Mercedes-Benz 190 (W201) E 2.5-16V Cosworth
Wonderful original 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16V Cosworth in Blue-Black metallic with a 5-speed manual transmission and only 196,381 kilometers on the odometer. The car is an excellent cosmetic and mechanic condition. A true German automotive icon designed and developed with help of Cosworth for racing in the German Turing Car Championship. Due to their performance, the 16-valve cars were different from the other 190 models. The body kit on the 2.5-16 reduced the drag coefficient and reduced lift at speed. The steering ratio was quicker and the steering wheel smaller than that on other 190s, whilst the fuel tank was enlarged from 55 to 70 L. The Getrag 5-speed manual gearbox was unique to the 16-valve and featured a dog-leg change pattern, shifting down and left for first. An oil cooler was fitted to ensure sufficient oil cooling for the inevitable track use many of these cars were destined for. At the inauguration of the new, shorter Nürburgring in 1984, a race with identical cars was held, with former and current F1 drivers at the wheel. A then-unknown Ayrton Senna took first place.
The car has a Danish title and registration and full inspection and service in-house assure that this motorsport icon and be enjoyed as-is for many years to come.
VIN/Chassis Number: WDB2010351F697959
Odometer: 196,381 kilometers
Engine: 2.5-liter, inline 4 16V M201, 204 hp
Transmission: 5-speed manual
History of the 190 E 2.3-16 and 2.5-16V Cosworth:
Mercedes wished to take the 190 E racing and asked British engineering company Cosworth to develop an engine. This high-performance model was known as the 190 E 2.3-16V and debuted in September at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show after its reputation had already been established. Three cars, only slightly cosmetically altered, had set three world records in August at the Nardo testing facility in Italy, recording a combined average speed of 247.94 km/h over the 50,000 km endurance test, and establishing twelve international endurance records.
An enlarged 2.5-liter engine replaced the 2.3-liter in 1988. It offered double-row timing chains to fix the easily snapping single chains on early 2.3 engines and increased peak output by 17 bhp with a slight increase in torque. For the European market, the car delivered 204 hp.
Due to their performance, the 16-valve cars were different from the other 190 models. The body kit on the 2.3-16 and 2.5-16 reduced the drag coefficient to 0.32, one of the lowest CD values on a four-door saloon of the time, whilst also reducing lift at speed. The steering ratio was quicker and the steering wheel smaller than that on other 190s, whilst the fuel tank was enlarged from 55 to 70 L. The Getrag 5-speed manual gearbox was unique to the 16-valve and featured a dog-leg change pattern, shifting down and left for first. An oil cooler was fitted to ensure sufficient oil cooling for the inevitable track use many of these cars were destined for.
The strictly four-seater interior had standard sport size seats with strong side bolsters for front and rear passengers. Three extra dials - an oil temperature gauge, stopwatch, and voltmeter - were included in the center console. The 190 E 2.3-16 was available in only two colors, Blue-Black metallic and Smoke Silver. The 2.5-16 added Almandine Red and Astral Silver.
All 2.3-16-valve 190 models are fitted with a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) as standard. They were also available with Mercedes' ASD system which was standard equipment on the 2.5-16V. The ASD is an electronically controlled, hydraulically locking differential which activates automatically when required.
The suspension on 16-valve models is modified from the standard 190 (W201). As well as being lower and stiffer, it has quicker dampers, larger anti-roll bars, harder bushings and hydraulic Self-levelling suspension (SLS) on the rear. This allows the rear ride height to remain constant even when the car is fully loaded.