Films: This Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Has A Subtle Flair

This Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Has A Subtle Flair

April 25, 2016
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Felix Trzetrzelewska
Felix Trzetrzelewska

Great little collection you have. I would take them all. Enjoy them in good health.

(And as ever, nicely filmed with the Quantas Airbus in the background and that beautiful surf. No one has mentioned Martin Brundle who once said….

jamjax
jamjax

I bought a new 1986 190 2.3 for the simple reason that it was the fastest sedan sold in the US at that time, top speed 141 mph. Out ran many a muscle car with it on the freeways, it was easy to out corner them anywhere. Used to get from Albuquerque to Telluride in it in less than four hours, 320 miles, 300 miles of that on secondary roads. You do the math. After a while I was on a first name basis with a Highway Patrol officer who seemed to range all over the state just to nail… Read more »

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves

The Americans and its laws juts killed that front….

Nice car though!

James Wieler
James Wieler

Always loved the 2.3-16, some day I’ll have one too.

Does anybody know where he’s driving? Beautiful road.

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis

California near LA somewhere?

Portage1
Portage1

Chase Grill, I too saw the same Poster in the Cadillac and can find no information, but am quit curious what this car is about. Taking nothing away from the Cosworth as it stands on it’s own merit….Petrolicious can you assist?

Mosca Valerio
Mosca Valerio

More engine noise please!

Chase Gill
Chase Gill

At 3:13 there is a poster of a crazy widebody ’80s Cadillac Seville of some sort. It reads “Paisley Productions”. I am intrigued, and Google can’t seem to help me figure out what on earth this thing is. Anybody? It’s strange and shouldn’t exist. Dare I say I think I might really like it? (Oh yeah, also, I love the 190E Cosworth).

Chase Gill
Chase Gill

*late ’70s

Ronnie M
Ronnie M

Passed one of these on the road this morning. Great looking sleeper.

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis

Although an Alfa Romeo worshiper the 190 and the E series of the ’80s were something unique and truly Mercedes. Good video.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Del! You need to change your brake fluid. It is sepia brown. Other than that: lovely car.

J
J

My parents got one in 1987. A week later my mom let me drive it one day. I was 17 at the time. An older driver made a left turn in front of us while I was going about 40. The car was totaled and the airbags saved both me and my mother from serious injury. My arm still went into the windshield. Sad that one of these only last a week thought a Mercedes mechanic bought it and was going to build it back up.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Apparently Ayrton Senna drove one of 20 identical MBZ 190 2.3-16s at the Nurburing, against a field of F1 drivers and won. “These cars, introduced in September 1983, were showcased at the “Nurburgring Grand Prix circuit May 12, 1984, the inaugural race was a celebrity affair arranged by Mercedes, who had launched their 190 2.3-16 saloon just months before. It was meant as a light- hearted jape to generate publicity for the new car and track, but not everyone saw it that way… Mercedes provided 20 identical near road-spec 190s for the race, and gathered together a strong field of… Read more »

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Yes Senna did . And when he did it was major news from Autosport to R&T signaling to those in the know that a new top gun was in town , FYI ; Minichamps occasionally offers a scale model of the Senna 2.3 16V both in 1/43 as well as 1/18 scale

Felix Trzetrzelewska
Felix Trzetrzelewska

You are missing the best part of that. The guy he had to go pick up at the airport prior to the race?

Alain Prost.

UNO///M
UNO///M

Love the car, but he needs to install some konis, the wheel gap is enormous, that would make the looks great.

Bohemianracer
Bohemianracer

I was thinking of the exact same thing, the car is too high and while he is at it, change the exhaust system to something a little more louder.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Repeat after me gentlemen … Function over Form …. Function over Form … Function over Form … every time !

Bret Dodson
Bret Dodson

I’ve always liked these and wanted one. I like to think of the 2.3-16 as the understated DTM homologation car for the guy who doesn’t want the attention an E30 M3 brings.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Having driven both the E30 M3 and 2.3 16V’s extensively I’ll add in that the 2.3 16V is seriously under rated in comparison to the M3 as well as in the overall pantheon of M-B classics not to mention a much better daily driver / road car than the M3 . Suffice it to say the E30 M3 has an agricultural feel to it on public roads [ e.g. they drive like a tractor ] whereas the 2.3 16V has a sense of refinement and gentlemanly comfort about it all while sacrificing very little in the way of performance to… Read more »

Morgan Combes
Morgan Combes

and see what the car can do in the hands of Paul Geddings! https://www.youtube.com/user/4doorracer