1983 190 E 2.3-16 AMG Power Pack
The 190 E 2.3-16 is arguably one of the greatest Mercedes ever to have graced the face of the Earth. The sporty sedan was the love child of Mercedes’ racing agenda in the DTM motor sport series. The rules of that times specified that the cars which participate in DTM had to be based on a roadgoing model.
Hence, Mercedes presented at Frankfurt Motorshow in September 1983 a high performance 190E fitted with a detuned version of the Cosworth engine for DTM. The 190 E 2.3-16 Cosworth engine was based on the M102 four cylinder 2.3 litre 8 valve with 136 HP from the 190 and E-Class series version and delivered 185 HP/6,000 rpm and 235 Nm/4,500 rpm. The rev limiter was set to 7,000 rpm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h took 7.5 seconds, meanwhile maximum speed was 230 km/h.
Five years later, in 1988, Mercedes replaced the engine with the new 2.5 litre which delivered 195 HP. The “AMG Power Pack” took the 190 E 2.3-16 Cosworth one step further, squeezing an additional 30 HP.