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1986→1987 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 USA

1986→1987 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 USA

1986→1987 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 USA

IT WOULD REQUIRE A DRIVER WITH A soul of stone not to glory the abilities of the 190E 2.3 16. In this performance minded age, when the excitement once reserved for sports cars has found its way into so many sedans, it is arguably the world’s reigning performance sedan.

That alone is enough to prompt visceral excitement and an urgent itch to get behind the wheel. But it should not obscure the true engineering achievement that this remarkable machine represents, one that may ultimately equal sheer performance as a reason to buy, drive and own the 190E 2.3-16: it is no mere speed merchant but a superbly well-rounded automobile. Designed to deliver not only blistering performance and driving excitement but to integrate them within that masterfully subtle balance of automotive virtues which has always defined a Mercedes-Benz, and set the marque apart.

What this balance has created is not only a superior performance automobile, but a superior automobile in every criterion. One whose charm will not wear off with its novelty but only deepen over time.

The secret of the 190 E 2.3-16’s exceptional performance lies in its 16-valve cylinder head, a joint development project of Mercedes-Benz and Britain’s renowned Cosworth firm, designers and constructors of world champion racing engines for many years.

Story by Reprint – Mercedes Benz 1986 Brochure

In Detail

tags w201, 190e
submitted by anonymous
type Series Production Car
production years 1986 – 1987
released at August 983 at Nardo, Italy’s 12.6- km oval
built at Germany
interior designer Recaro
production 2000
price $ $ 38,100
engine DOHC inline-4
position Longitudinal
aspiration Normal
ignition electronic
block material Aluminum
valvetrain 16 Valve
fuel feed Injection
displacement 2299 cc / 140.29 in³
compression 9.7:1
power 124.5 kw / 167 bhp @ 5800 rpm
specific output 72.64 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 121.45 bhp per tonne
torque 219.6 nm / 162 ft lbs @ 4750 rpm
redline 6800
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Forged Alloy
front wheels F 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15 x 7 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15 x 7 in
f suspension McPhurson Strut
r suspension Multi-link withhydropneumatic level control
curb weight 1375 kg / 3032 lbs
weight distro 54 % / 46 %
wheelbase 2665 mm / 104.9 in
front track 1446 mm / 56.9 in
rear track 1429 mm / 56.3 in
length 4430 mm / 174.4 in
width 1706 mm / 67.2 in
height 1361 mm / 53.6 in
transmission 5-speed Manual dogleg or 4-speed automatic
top speed ~230.09 kph / 142 mph
0 – 60 mph ~7.8 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~15.6 seconds
drag 0.34 Cd
fuel capacity 68.89 litres or 18.2 gal.