2022 Shannons Summer Timed Online Auction
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146

1990 Mercedes Cosworth 190E 24V 2.5 Sedan

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Specifications

Engine 2.5 litre four-cylinder
Gearbox Five-speed manual
Body Work Sedan
Colour Silver
Interior Black
Trim Leather
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Disc/disc

Vehicle Report

Description

The Mercedes-Benz W201 was the company's first compact class model known as the 190 series and was sold between 1982 and 1993. Designed by Bruno Sacco, head of styling at Mercedes from 1975 to 1999, the W201 was manufactured in both Bremen and Sindelfingen, Germany, and production reached 1,879,629 over its 11-year model life. The W201 also introduced a five-link rear suspension later used in the E and C class models, front and rear anti-roll bars, and anti-dive and anti-squat geometry, as well as airbags, ABS brakes and seatbelt pretensioners. 
At the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show Mercedes launched a performance variant of the 190E, originally developed for a world rally program – the arrival of the all-conquering Audi Quattro at the same time making the new Benz uncompetitive– so attention then switched to Germany’s Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) series instead. With rules requiring DTM racecars to be based on production models, the 190E 2.3-16V was born. British engine development gurus Cosworth was brought in to tweak the engine, the heart of the new model in every way, and with it came a Getrag ‘dog leg’ five-speed gearbox, alloy wheels, a larger fuel tank, faster steering ratio, an enhanced braking package, tweaked, lower suspension and a limited-slip differential. The Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3-16V also got a subtle bodykit to enhance aerodynamics, while sports seats and extra instrumentation completed the package, which was only available in two colours, Blue-Black and Smoke Silver. Three such examples then set world records at the Nardo testing facility in Italy, recording a combined average speed of 247.94 km/h over the 50,000km endurance test, and establishing 12 international endurance records. Then in 1988 Mercedes launched the 190E 2.5-16V with an enlarged 2.5 litre engine featuring a double-row timing chain to fix the single chain prone to snapping on the early 2.3 engines, and 13kW more, plus a slight increase in torque. For the European market, sans catalytic converter, the 2.5-16V delivered up to 150kW while catalytic converter cars developed 147kW. 

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