The Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II belongs to the greatest legends of automotive history. The second evolution of the award-winning sport-tuned sedan derived from the W201 generation was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1990. The German automaker intended the car as a special edition limited to 502 examples, and the entire series was sold out even before the public premiere.
The Evo II was powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, developed in collaboration with Cosworth and fitted with a tuning package from AMG, which produced a maximum output of 173 kW (235 hp) at 7,200 rpm and a peak torque of 245 Nm at 5,000 rpm. .
However, the most visible difference compared to the first evolution was the new body kit, very striking, aggressive and above all functional. A kit including, for example, an adjustable rear wing or a roof spoiler improved aerodynamics.
The Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II was only produced until 1991 and today it is a rare and prized collector’s item that every car enthusiast would like to have at home.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the German company HWA decided to revive this legend in a more modern form. He wants to make only 100 copies. And the first recently published images then indicate what to expect from the car, which was given the simple name of HWA Evo.
The base of all the pieces will be a standard Mercedes-Benz W201, which the modifiers will then transform into an Evo. This means that the base cars will undergo a full facelift, followed by a series of modifications, sports parts and a distinctive body kit, even more aggressive than the original.
Another change is blackened headlights and a black radiator grille. The lights will use modern LED technology. At the rear, a massive wing and a nice double exhaust end will catch your eye.
We don’t have information about the technology yet, so we have no idea if the cars will also get the 2.5-liter four-cylinder that powered the original. But we would rather bet on some modern engine – even given the assumed limited availability of the original unit.
Given the price that HWA is asking for their interpretation of the Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo II, however, we can’t rule out an engine similar to the original for the car. The German company offers its Evo for 714,000 euros, which is about 17.64 million crowns.