As early as the 1980s, the strait-laced 190 E was taught to fly with a 16-valve engine. Volker Weidler and Roland Asch drove the light-weight to an overall second place in the DTM. In 1989, AMG stepped up a gear and burned the 2.5-16 onto the road. With 195 PS and a top speed of around 230 km/h, the “EVOlution” took the field completely from the rear. From 1989 to 1990, exactly 502 blue-black metallic 190 E left the production line and were taken to AMG.