30 years after DTM title Mercedes 190: all 2.5 sixteen-valves together

1992 was a special year for Mercedes. After many attempts, Klaus Ludwig finally managed to park his Mercedes 190 on the highest scaffold of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft. AutoWeek Classics brought together all the 2.5 models that led to the champagne of that memorable DTM season.

The saying ‘They don’t make them like that anymore’ was invented for the Mercedes 190. Between 1974 and 1982, Stuttgart invested more than a billion Deutsche Mark to make the W201 an outright hit. Nothing was left to chance, because the compact sedan had to dethrone its deadly competitor – the BMW 3-series, which at that time was already in its second generation. Also in rally sport, by the way, where the 190E would replace the unwieldy 450 SLC. Of course, the competition hadn’t stood still. In the early 1980s, this resulted in the capable Audi Quattro with four-wheel drive and a big turbo, two attributes that the 190 did not have in its arsenal. Flop into the…

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