Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 EVOLUTION II

  • Original 9.300 KM from new
  • Unique new car condition
  • Out of famous ownership
Year:1990
Paintwork:199 Blueblack metallic
Interior:Leather black | cloth
Gearing Type:Manual
Mileage:9.307 KM
Power:235 HP
Fuel*:Petrol
Price:428.400,- € (incl. 19% refundable VAT)

* Fuel consumption: (DIN 70030) 11,3 L Super determined at 3/4 of maximum speed, maximum of 110 km / h below surcharge of 10% (factory specification)

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The cornerstone of high-performance vehicle tradition.

Thirty years ago, the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II, the pinnacle of the W 201 series, impressed the public and experts alike at the Geneva Motor Show. The racing car developed on the basis of this sports saloon became legendary for Group A. The car, known as the "Evo II" for short clinched the first three places in the 1992 DTM championship for Mercedes-Benz. Today, the Evo II enthuses the public as a Mercedes-Benz Classic works racing car in historic motorsport. A further development of the vehicle ultimately provided the power to match the exterior of the Evo II. Compared to the first Evolution model from the previous year, the engine output once again increased significantly: instead of 143 kW (195 hp), the Evo II delivered 173 kW (235 hp).  The top speed is 250 km/h, and the Evo II can sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds. The aesthetics and technology of the body have also been further refined. A run of just 502 cars of the Evo II was built – available exclusively in a metallic blue-black finish. In 1982 Mercedes-Benz presented the W 201 compact class as a completely new, third main line in the passenger car range. The series set standards in terms of efficiency, driving characteristics, safety and design – whilst at the same time rendering the Stuttgart-based brand younger and fresher. The public named the W 201 its short name "190" or cheerfully called it “Baby Benz”. The 190 E 2.3-16 shone at the 1984 opening race of the new Nürburgring. In 1988, Mercedes-Benz then entered the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) and Roland Asch became vice champion. Meanwhile, the Stuttgart motor sportsmen were already preparing for the next coup:  The 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution (1989) and 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (1990) were based on the street version of the “sixteen-valve” car.  Finally, AMG took over the conversion of the vehicles that were intended for racing. The result saw the 274 kW (373 hp) racing car being made of extremely light and resistant plastic. The Evo II made its racing debut in DTM on 16 June 1990 on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. In 1990 Kurt Thiim took third place in DTM, while Klaus Ludwig secured the vice champion title in 1991. In 1992, Ludwig became DTM champion ahead of Kurt Thiim and Bernd Schneider – all three in 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II. In the 1993 season, Roland Asch clinches the DTM runner-up title ahead of his team-mate Schneider in the successor to the Evo II. In March 2020 the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II celebrated its 30th birthday.  The fascination that the compact sports saloon emanated from the Geneva Motor Show in 1990 is still exuded by the young classic today.


The vehicle shown here was manufactured at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen in May 1990 and was delivered two months later to the Augsburg car dealership of Mercedes-Benz, on13 July 1990. The car remained in the showroom of the car dealership for the following 8 years as an exhibition vehicle and was only moved for special events. In 1998, the vehicle, which already has collectible item status, was finally acquired by the well-known American racing driver Gunter Thiel. Gunter Thiel himself can look back on a legendary career as a racing driver.  The highlight of his career was without doubt his victory at the 1,000 kilometre race in 1957 at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL gullwing. The online archive of the magazine Octane has a riveting article about this victory. Thiel stored the car for the following two years in the garage of his German residence before importing the EVO II to Switzerland on 28 March 2000.  The mileage at that time was 3,900km.  In the following 19 years, the EVO II remained in the collection of racing driver Thiel, who very rarely moved the car. And so the mileage at the time our company purchased the vehicle shows just 9,307km.  The overall condition of the car can be described as “as new”. Detailed paintwork measurements leave no doubt that the car’s paintwork is still in its original condition. The interior is also in exactly the same condition as when the EVO II was delivered 30 years ago. Despite being rarely used over the years, the condition of the car’s engineering is flawless. In particular the suspension of the EVOLUTION II, which is prone to defects, works perfectly. The car underwent extensive servicing in our workshop in November 2019. This Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 EVOLUTION II will meet the highest expectations of a most demanding collector. Our sales staff will be happy to answer any detailed questions you may have at any time.