The Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) was the first compact car from Mercedes-Benz and was launched in the year 1982. This class of vehicle was marketed just below the E-Class but had the same safety features such as anti-roll bars, airbags, ABS and pre-tensioner seat belts.
Daimler Benz wanted the 190E to participate in various racing events and therefore asks a British internal combustion engine firm specialist Cosworth to develop a powerful engine that could generate more power. Cosworth develops an engine named M102 but its performance gets overshadowed by the more powerful Audi Quattro with their Turbocharger model. Therefore the management of Mercedes-Benz decides to withdraw from all the races in which the Audi Quattro team participates.
Instead, it modifies and improvises the Cosworth engine further and get them ready for participation in the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft) Championships. This new car also debuts at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1983 and this 16 valve car becomes an overnight sensation.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base) and plexiglas hard-display case|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|