On the occasion of the Geneva Motor Show in March 1990, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its spectacular Mercedes 190 E Evo II, which was directly derived from the model that raced in the German touring car championship, the much-celebrated Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM).

Evolution II
Credit: Mercedes-Benz

As the name suggests, the “Evolution II” was the successor to the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution. Produced in a little over 500 copies, under the hood it was equipped with the brand’s top-of-the-line 4-cylinder 235 hp engine. It also sported an imposing rear spoiler that considerably boosted down-force and road-holding, which was its most significant distinguishing feature with regard to its predecessors. Both the spoiler and the model’s 17-inch alloy wheels were directly inherited from the DTM racer.

The limited-edition, street-legal version of the famous racing car still remains the most famous version of the Mercedes-Benz 190 E, which first launched in 1984.

This article was first published by AFP Relaxnews.

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