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Genuinely new territory for Mercedes, the #W201 was the first attempt at a “small car” since the 1930s. It took eight years and 2 billion DM to design and bring to market, but at the time engineering drove every choice - the “Baby Benz” was small but not short on quality or thoughtful design. Ultimately, nearly 1.9M of the cars were made and the W201 paved the way for other new Benzes, but the most famous version accounted for just 1.4% of them. That’d be the 190e 2.3-16 Cosworth (and its successors, the 2.5 and the EVO).
In the late 1970s, Mercedes tiptoed back into motorsport via AMG and then with the C107 450SLC 5.0 in rallying, but by 1981 it wasn’t competitive anymore and the SLC was about to be dropped. The 201 presented a much lighter and more modern rallying platform. Mercedes turned to #Cosworth for help with exploiting the 201, and the result was a very fast 190e that Mercedes hoped would be a hammer to every nail in Group B. But even before it was finished, it was clear that that Audi’s Quattro was going to remain dominant in that series.
Instead, Mercedes took the 201 to the DPM series, which became the #DeutscheTourenwagenMeisterschaft (DTM) series in 1986. That meant producing the vehicle in real numbers as a road car. #DTM eligibility was determined by FIA Group A rules - thus was born the 190e 2.3-16, complete with a 185-hp, 16V version of the 190e 2.3’s regular M102.985 8-valve four. It was more than just a #16V head too,with lightweight pistons and special rings designed for higher speeds. There were also substantial suspension changes and the cars were marked externally by a functional aerodynamic kit.
The car didn’t arrive in time for the ’84 DPM series, but Volker Weidler came in 2nd overall in 1986 behind Kurt Thiim’s Rover SD1. The BMW M3 pushed the 190e back in 1987, but in late 1988 the car, on track and off, got a larger and more durable version of the motor - now with 2.5 liters and, in some cases, more tweaks (the famed “Evo”). 190e Evos competed with considerable success in DTM - including winning the ’91 & ’92 championships - into 1993, and well-heeled #Merc fans looking for speed got to enjoy the homologation cars on the road.