The top S-Class model celebrated its premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main in September 1985. The 560 SEL is “quite simply the largest, fastest and best equipped passenger car currently produced by Daimler-Benz,” wrote the motoring magazine “auto motor und sport” in edition 19/1987. So was it not only logical to make this sporty, luxurious performance available in a model with a short wheelbase as well (2930 rather than 3070 millimetres)? Precisely that was achieved by the Mercedes-Benz 560 SE presented in 1988, which was likewise powered by a V8 engine with a displacement of 5547 cc and developed 220 kW (300 hp) at 5000 rpm. With the emissions control system using a three-way catalytic converter (standard equipment in Germany), the output was 205 kW (279 hp) at 5200 rpm.
The 190 E 2.5-16 was conceived as a sporty high-performance saloon. Its engine was based on the sixteen-valve four-cylinder of the 190 E 2.3-16.