Extreme: perfectly street legal Mercedes-Benz 190 powered by a 6.0 liter V12 from 600 SEL

Mercedes-Benz 190 V12 424 HP
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A Dutchman had the extreme idea of mounting the V12 engine from the Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL into a Mercedes-Benz 190. What came out is shown below.

Mercedes-Benz 190 (W201) was the first mid-class sedan from Mercedes-Benz, being the precursor to C-Class. It was built between 1982 and 1993 and the most powerful engines had 136 hp (190 E 2.3, 4 cylinder) and 160 hp (190 E 2.6, 6 cylinder).

A Dutchman who also modified  in the past a VW Kafer and installed a 350 HP 2-liter turbo engine in it has thought of building the most powerful Mercedes-Benz 190.

To this end, he modified his own car, a Mercedes-Benz 190 with 2-liter aspirated engine and carburetor providing 90 hp. He replaced the aspirated 2-liter carburetor engine with a 6.0-liter V12 engine from the Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL (W140).

The car is featured on its website jmspeedshop.com.

Mercedes-Benz 190 V12

The transformation operation was laborious because the V12 engine needs a lot of space and the Dutchman needed 6 months to install it. And because the engine was very long, it had to move the radiator a lot in front and in order to ensure the necessary cooling it practiced two air intakes in the headlights!

Mounted in 190, the V12 engine delivers 424 HP and 585 Nm, slightly more than the 408 HP and 580 Nm from 600 SEL. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a 5-speed automatic gearbox from the Mercedes-Benz CL 600 while 600 SEL had a 4-speed automatic gearbox.

Mercedes-Benz 190 V12

The steering system is taken from an E-Class W210 while the suspension from a BMW 3 Series E36. He also took the 18-inch wheels from a Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL.

With a kerbweight of 1,440 kg with driver, this Mercedes-Benz mutant has some incredible accelerations. With the transmission in S and manual mode, 80-120 km/h takes only 2 seconds and 100 to 200 km/h in just 11 seconds.

The owner says that if he had shift faster, before the red zone , he could have achieved the 100-200 km/h mark in 10.5 or even 10 seconds. And with a shorter gearbox it could go down in under 10 seconds.