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The Mercedes 190E Evo II is reborn as a £730k restomod built by HWA

The engineering firm behind a number of iconic AMG race cars is building a run of 100 Evo II restomods, priced from £730k apiece

As the likes of the Maturo Stradale and Prodrive P25 hit the market as stunning reinterpretations of motorsport icons, HWA is marking its 25th anniversary with a modern take on the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II. Launched as the first project under the firm’s new HWA Legacy division, the model will be road-legal, limited to just 100 units and priced from €714,000 euros plus VAT (c£730k all in), with first deliveries towards the end of 2025.

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Given HWA’s history, there’s no doubt this restomod project is in safe hands. The company was formed by AMG co-founder Hans Werner Aufrecht, and is responsible for everything from the CLK GTR to the SLS GT3. It has also played a significant role in the development of modern hypercars such as the Apollo IE and Pagani’s Huayra R. Today, HWA is positioning itself as an independent manufacturer and not just an engineering firm, with its modernised Evo II forging this new path.

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Based on the W201-series Mercedes-Benz 190E, the 2.5-16 Evo II is one of the most iconic DTM racers of all time, making its debut at the 1990 Geneva Motor Show before Klaus Ludwig raced it to a DTM title in 1992. Just 502 road-legal examples were built for homologation purposes, featuring the same Cosworth-built 2.5-litre four-cylinder as the racer.

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HWA is remaining tight-lipped as to what’s in store for its modern interpretation, but has confirmed that it will be a road-legal model, blending the iconic design of the original with cutting-edge technology in everything from the powertrain to its aerodynamics. Final technical specifications will be confirmed in due course. 

Having partnered with US-based historic performance car specialist Curated for the project, HWA founder Hans Werner Aufrecht said: ‘The Evo II was a design icon of the early 1990s and set benchmarks in terms of style. Our idea was to reinterpret this design. With Curated, we wanted a partner at our side for this project who knows the market for such cars inside out and believes in the HWA Evo. I think we are creating the best conditions for the HWA Evo to be successful.’

The model will be limited to just 100 units worldwide, and is expected to hit the road before the end of 2025. The first Evo  – chassis 000 – will be produced to the highest possible specification and sold at auction in July. Later build slots remain available. 

HWA's engineering expertise doesn't come cheap, with the Evo costing about the same as a Ferrari SF90 XX Spider. For reference, Prodrive’s P25 costs from £552,000, with the original 190E 2.5-16 Evo II now fetching in excess of £200,000 at auction...

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