The Mercedes Benz 190e 2.3 16v is a interesting car. Its not as desired or get the recognition the larger 500E but its even more sporty and has a sweet Cosworth powered engine.
The main flaw with the 190e 2.3 is the underwhelming output of the Cosworth, although it was the highest performing engine for the car it only made 167hp. Cosworth reworked a majority of the engine and used a light alloy cylinder head with dual overhead camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder (hence the 16v).
The owner of this 190e wanted more power and took it to famed Mercedes tuner Renntech in Florida. The decision was made to drop the original Cosworth engine in favor of a 3.0L inline-6 motor from a 300CE. The upgraded motor wasn’t enough and Renntech bored and stroked it to a 3.4L! The output was a healthy 262Hp and 240lbs of torque.’
The increased power comes the need for more powerful brakes. Even though the 190e is pretty lightweight a set of Brembo 4 piston fronts and 2 piston rears lifted from the 500e and a set of 17″ Mercedes Evo wheels replace the original 15″s. I actually prefer the smaller diameter wheels but I’m sure they were ditched to fit the larger brakes.
The transmission has an interesting configuration and is known as a “dogleg” 1st gear is placed bottom left and reverse is where a traditional 1st normally would be which is a little sketchy for those who are use to a normal manual transmission.
This 190e has fairly low miles with only 77k miles on the odometer and has been well maintained. The owner is asking $25k for this car which is a little high although its hard to place a value on it since its quite unique.