This Mercedes-Benz 190 E EVO II Still Got the Moves, Will Race on Circuit de Spa-Franchorchamps

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The Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 EVO II saw daylight back in 1990 at the Geneva Motor Show, and it became one of the most desirable Mercedes models for a couple of reasons, but now one such car is reunited with the racetrack.
EVO II was, in its essence, a touring car based on the W 201 quickly established itself as a prolific DTM vehicle and clocked up no less than 25 wins.

To bring back the past glory, Mercedes-Benz Classic will race an EVO II as a works racing car in the Youngtimer Trophy in Spa, Belgium, between 17 and 19 July. But first, let us tell you one thing or two about the original EVO II.

Back in 1990, you could own one for around $80,000 but for that kind of money your blistering-fast Mercedes would come fitted with AMG PowerPack and a full SLS suspension allowing vehicle ride height to be adjusted from an interior switch. Sure, there's that radical body kit and the adjustable rear wing that simply dominates the car's shape.

The 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II made its racing debut on June 16, 1990, on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring and in standard guise, it packed 235 horsepower.

However, the car that's going to battle for victory in Spa received a power bump to 373 horsepower at 7,200 rpm from AMG engineers, which means it can now hit a top speed of 300 km/h, 50 km/h more than the factory version.

Behind the wheel will be Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassador Roland Asch, former DTM driver and two-times DTM runner-up for Mercedes-Benz, meaning this particular car-driver duo should bring some sweet memories back for both DTM and motorsport fans in general.
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