This model was presented to the public at the IAA 1983, in the autumn, but a few months earlier, in the summer, it had been premiered to the press on the circuit of Nardò (Italy), where three pre-series cars established significant record speed, travelling at an average of 247.939 km/h. The major reason of interest in the 190 E 2.3-16 was its engine, whose cylinder block is derived from 2-litres of normal production; rialesati with cylinders and cylinder head reworked the British Cosworth, which included among other things double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, with maximum power of185 hp at 6,200rpm, which is remarkable for a motor born in 1983. Top speed of the production car, launched just a year after the presentation in Frankfurt, was partially resized, reaching 230 km/h, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.5 seconds.
In the 1988 edition of the DTM, the car took second place with pilot Roland Asch, and the following year recorded a fourth-place finish with Kurt Thiim. The 190 E 2.3-16 was also used for the opening of the new Nürburgring, which took place in 1984. Here several examples of this model battled in a race that saw the triumph of a young Ayrton Senna, just a few months into his Formula 1 career.
A model of the 190 E 2.3-16 was entered by AMG in the first edition of the WTCC in 1987. Driven by the German Peter Oberdorfer and the Austrian Franz Klammer, during the season they get as best finish fourth place at the Circuit of Donington Park.
The Mercedes offered today is presented in very good condition, and has just undergone a service; it is trimmed with Blistein springs. An amazing car, and safe investment which is sure to do well in the future.
Dieser Mercedes ist in einem sehr guten Zustand, und wurde kürzlich erst aufgewartet und mit Blistein Federn ausgestattet. Ein tolles Auto und eine sichere Investition, die sich in der Zukunft gut halten wird.