Mercedes has outfitted a 1992 190 E 2.6 Sportline with a modern diesel engine from the C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY.
Designed to demonstrate the progress diesel technology has made in the past 20 years, the "new" 190 D BlueEFFICIENCY boasts a OM651 common-rail diesel engine with 150 kW (204 hp) and 500 Nm of torque. 0 to 100 km/h comes in 6.2 seconds, which is insanely faster than the 1983 190 D's time of 18.1 seconds.
This huge leap in performance is due (in part) to the OM651's 500 Nm of torque, which is more than twice as potent as the most powerful W 201-series model (the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II, built for DTM homologation rules). Another interesting fact is the OM651 engine produces 72 hp more than the OM 601 engine of 1988, while consuming 2.4 liters/100km less.
Compared to the Mercedes 190 D, the C 250 CDIBlueEFFICIENCY is 385 kilograms heavier but boasts more interior space, a longer wheelbase, the latest luxury items, enhanced safety features, and improved aerodynamics.
Please see 4 page press release below for further details.