The ultimate sleeper?
Right around the time BMW’s M cars, like the E30 M3, began to hit the market, German rival Mercedes-Benz was contemplating whether or not to enter rallying. Hey, if Audi was achieving success with its Quattro, then why not give it a shot ourselves, Mercedes thought. One result was the 190E 2.3-16, based off the old W201, which was the predecessor to the C-Class. Only it never went rallying, but headed to DTM instead. Interestingly, Mercedes reached out to Cosworth to develop the engine, as opposed to doing the task in-house.
Still, it was a sweetheart of an engine: a 2.3-liter four with 16 valves (four valves per cylinder) and about 170 hp. May not sound like much but it got the job done. The crew over at Petrolicious recently caught up with one 190E 2.3-16 owner who, not long after buying it, drove it every day.