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.