DTM driver Karl Wendlinger arrives at Vallelunga in a beautiful 190E 2.5-16 EVO II race car, the hottest and fastest version of the C-Class' final predecessor. The car packs aggressive aero, a wide body, and a high-strung naturally aspirated four-cylinder that was worked over by the engineers at Cosworth. With it's simple, road-car based interior and traditional H-pattern manual, it looks tame compared to modern DTM machines. Mercedes even left the hood ornament alone.
Maro Engel's modern DTM car is lightly based on the current W205 Mercedes-AMG C-Class coupe. It's powered by a 483-horsepower, naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter V8. The transmission is a six-speed sequential box and the aero is more advanced than nearly any street car around. It's a supremely fast and extremely capable machine that packed with cutting-edge technology.
While the original car was a homologation special, the new car shares very little with any road-going Mercedes product. Despite that, the old car still holds its own on a track and is very obviously still a riot to drive. Watch the video to see how the two cars stack up.