Mercedes introduced the 190 model in 1955 most famous for the 190SL, a two door luxury roadster a favorite among Mercedes enthusiast and yours truly. But today we will not go over such greatness. However a Mercedes 190 that took 10 years and 600 million euros in researching upon its release. It was categorized as a compact executive, a category that was introduced in the early 80’s and BMW’s 3 series, Audi 80, and Saab 900 arch nemesis. The Mercedes W201. Now if you happen to have yourself one of these beauties head on over to eManualOnline and download your digital Mercedes 190 Repair Manual.
1973 marked a turning point in the automotive industry with the first oil crisis. The famed big brawny V8 engine was no longer desired, setting forth a new industry of economy. From 1974 to 1982 Mercedes delved deep into the rabbit hole and arose with this phrase “Massively Over-Engineered”.
Over engineered it was. Setting the trend with future compact cars with its innovative 5 link independent suspension proved you were rolling around in a Mercedes. The first models available were the 190 and 190E E meaning Einspritzung (Fuel Injection). Fitted with a 2.0 inline 4 producing 90 HP and the 190E producing 122 HP.
Mercedes tried breaking through the North American markets but with strict emission laws Mercedes would have to rearrange the exhaust system adding a converter reducing its 122 HP to 113 HP. Later bumping back to 122 HP with a refined Intake manifold, camshaft, and injection system.
Mercedes would then release a inline 6 engine in 1987 producing 160 HP but still proved to be unfavorable against BMW.
It wasn't until 1984 with the release of the Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth. Based on M102 engine found in your typical 190E, Cosworth developed a new cylinder head housing a dual overhead cam and 4 valves per cylinder totaling in 16 valves. Producing 185 HP at 6,200 RPM and easily rev up to 7,000 RPM with a top speed of 143 MPH. Originally created to win the World Rally Championship but quickly stomped on when Audi released the AWD Quattro. Mercedes then would win the DTM series, Making automotive history and igniting the horsepower war against BMW that till this day is still flaring.
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