Limited run return planned for Mercedes-Benz 190E EVO II

One of Mercedes Benz's classics is set to return. Here are the details.

HWA Automotive, in collaboration with Curated, is set to launch a modern interpretation of the classic 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II sports sedan in 2025. This reimagined model aims to embody the essence of its predecessor while integrating cutting-edge technologies, labelling it a street-legal supercar.

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The Mercedes-Benz 190E, introduced in 1983, marked the brand’s foray into the compact car segment. Its performance variant, powered by a Cosworth-engineered 2.3-litre 16-valve four-cylinder engine, set the stage for a more athletic presence. In 1988, Mercedes-Benz amped up the 2.3-litre M102 engine, enlarging it to a 2.5-litre capacity, boosting the power output to 150 kW. This move aimed to vie with its contemporaries, notably the BMW E30 M3, in the competitive touring car series.

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Facing fierce competition from the BMW E30 M3, Mercedes-Benz responded by launching an aerodynamically enhanced evolution of the 190E in 1990, resulting in the limited production of 502 units. This DTM homologation special, the 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II, showcased notable advancements in performance and design.

Image: HWA AG

The upcoming HWA EVO, inspired by this legendary predecessor, plans to surpass its exclusivity with a production run limited to just 100 units. Preliminary glimpses, including sketches and a 3D rendering released by HWA, provide a preview of what to anticipate from this modernized rendition.

The historic rivalry between the Mercedes-Benz 190E and the BMW E30 M3 remains iconic in touring car history. Both models, the 190E 2.3-16 and the 2.5-16 battled fiercely against the BMW E30 M3 in various racing series. Mercedes-Benz’s response to the competition culminated in the development of the aerodynamically refined Evolution II, solidifying its place as a benchmark in automotive history.

Image: HWA AG

The HWA EVO is set to start deliveries by the end of 2025, priced at about €714 000, which roughly translates to R14 663 289. This high cost means it mainly appeals to wealthy collectors who want something exclusive.

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