First Renderings of the HWA EVO, the Remake of the Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 EVO II

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HWA has unveiled the first renderings of the upcoming HWA Evo, a remake of the Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 EVO II, which will be built in only 100 examples.

More than a month ago, we wrote that HWA, founded in 1998 by AMG co-founder Hans-Werner Aufrecht, has announced it will build its first street car in 2025: a remake of the Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo II.

Now, the German firm has unveiled the first renderings of this spectacular model. You can see in the first renderings that the remake retains the same design for the wheel arch flares, but these are slightly wider, and the front and rear spoilers are different for aerodynamic reasons and have additional air intakes in the side areas. The design of the wheels is identical to the original model, but their size is larger: 18 inches standard (19 inches optional) compared to 17 inches on the original model.

The headlights have the same shape, but the lighting technology is new and modern, and the headlight housing is black. The lights feature LED technology hidden under clear glass, and the turn lights are more discreet. The taillights also keep the same shape with black housing, and the light layout is new with two red LED strips. The shape of the final exhaust is similar, but it includes two pipes. The HWA logo appears on the left rear side and Evo on the right side, while there is no emblem on the hood. The HWA name also appears on the front fenders.

The car will also be larger than the original model: 4.58 meters (15.03 ft) long compared to 4.43 meters (14.53 ft), 1.90 meters (6.23 ft) wide compared to 1.72 meters (5.64 ft), and 2.75 meters (9.02 ft) wheelbase compared to 2.67 meters (8.76 ft).

The running gear will be different from the original model, with double wishbones on all four wheels. The 6-speed manual gearbox has been moved to the rear to achieve an ideal 50-50% weight distribution. German auto motor und Sport magazine reports that HWA Evo will use a 3-liter V6 engine with 562 PS (554 PS) and 550 Nm (405.7 lb-ft), which will rev up to 6,800 rpm.

To achieve a low center of gravity located just 40 cm (15.75 in) above the ground, HWA chose the dry sump solution, with the oil sump placed in a separate tank rather than under the engine to allow the engine to be mounted in a lower position.

HWA used carbon fiber extensively to achieve low weight. But the curb weight will be 1,350 kg (2,976 pounds), only 10 kg (22 pounds) less than the original model because HWA fitted a heavier V6 engine instead of the 4-cylinder, and the car is bigger than its illustrious predecessor.

The price is 714,000 euros ($781,523) plus VAT, which at 20% VAT works out to around 856,800 euros ($937,828). A 30% deposit is required for reservation. The HWA Evo will be unveiled in the second quarter of 2024, and the first clients will receive the car at the end of 2025. Only 100 examples will be built.