Imagine taking a timeless classic and infusing it with the technology of tomorrow. That's exactly what's happening with the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II. HWA, founded by Hans Werner Aufrecht of AMG fame, is taking on this ambitious project, crafting a restomod that promises to redefine automotive excellence.
The Original: A DTM Legend
The 190E Evo II, with only 502 models ever produced, is more than just a car; it's a piece of automotive history. Known for dominating the DTM racing scene in the early '90s, this Bruno Sacco-designed sports sedan is a symbol of high performance and classic Mercedes style.
The HWA EVO: A Fusion of Past and Future
This restomod, dubbed the HWA EVO, is based on the W201 190E but elevated to new heights. HWA promises significant improvements in chassis, brakes, aerodynamics, performance, and safety.
While specific details are under wraps, the excitement is tangible. Imagine the power of a 4.0-liter twin-turbo AMG V8 or the roar of a 6.2-liter M156 V8 under its hood!
A Visual Masterpiece
Visually, the HWA EVO is a stunner. It boasts bulbous wheel arches, side skirts, and bumpers that seamlessly integrate, giving it a modern yet menacing look.
The reimagined front and rear bumpers, modern taillights, and stylish wheels complete its transformation.
Homage to Heritage
The HWA EVO pays homage to the iconic black and silver Sonax-liveried race cars. Collaborating with designer Khyzyl Saleem, known for his breathtaking automotive art, the project incorporates design elements reminiscent of the original while pushing boundaries.
Limited Edition, Infinite Coolness
With only 100 units planned, the HWA EVO will be rarer than the original Evo II. Priced at a cool €714,000 (about $774,000), it's not just a car; it's a collector's dream. This project also marks the 25th anniversary of HWA and showcases the company's expertise in both racing and luxury car restoration.
The Visionary Behind HWA
HWA, steered by Aufrecht, is more than a racing team. It's a testament to automotive passion and innovation. Partnering with CURATED, specialists in classic European cars, HWA aims to deliver a restomod that's not just a car but a piece of automotive art.
A New Chapter in Automotive History
The HWA EVO is not just a restomod; it's a tribute to a legendary past and a bold step into the future of automotive design and performance. It's a celebration of heritage, technology, and visionary craftsmanship.