Mercedes-Benz is celebrating 25 years since the launch of the 190 E 2.5 16V Evolution II, and luckily this appears to coincide with the launch of the fresh C 350 e hybrid sedan. Why don’t we get the two of them on a racetrack, then?
Ellen Lohr made history by becoming the first female driver to win a DTM race. She did that at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5 16V Evolution II, one of the most iconic Mercedes-Benz racing cars.
This time it’s Amanda Stretton’s turn, a reporter for Mercedes-Benz TV who gets to chose between the old icon and the new technological gem. She’s a racecar driver, as she’s keen to remind us, so it’s only natural she has the first go in the EVO II. After all, it’s not every day you get to drive a car that’s made motorsport history.
Unsurprisingly, the 190 E Evo II turns out to be quite impressive. For a 25 year old car, the four cylinder engine delivers plenty of power while the dynamics do a very good job of hiding their true age. If you want to read more about the 190 E 2.5 16V Evolution II, you can do so here.
Amanda then jumps into the new C 350 e, the hybrid version of the C-Class range. The quarter of a century gap between the two cars is immediately apparent, with the modern car one second quicker to the 100 km/h mark than the legendary sports car.
But, let’s be honest, if given the choice, we’d all go for the 190 E 2.5 16V Evolution II ahead of the C-Class hybrid. This doesn’t mean the C 350 e isn’t an interesting car, it simply means the 190 E 2.5 16V Evolution II is the kind of vehicle with such a strong halo that it’s close to impossible to resist its call. You see it, you want to drive it. No questions asked.