While in their down time the boys over at AMG might try and stuff a a 6.2-liter V8 in a SMART car, a particular group of diesel-crazy engineers at Mercedes decided to fit a modern diesel engine into a classic 190 E chassis from 1990.
Not quite as exciting, we know, but interesting none the less.
The donor car was a 190 E, made famous by its motorsports cousin. As for the engine, it is the very same diesel you'd find under the hood of a modern C250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY. Back in 1990, Mercedes did make a 190 D, but this 190 D BlueEFFICIENCY makes for an interesting comparison.
While the old car made 132hp, the new diesel makes 204hp. The real difference, however, comes in the torque department. Whereas the old diesel made 181 ft-lbs, this new diesel motor pumps out an impressive 369 ft-lbs from just 1600 rpm.
And despite all this power increase fuel-consumption has been improved significantly as well. While the old 190 D's fuel economy rating of 32 mpg was impressive at the time, this new 190 D gets a much-improved 48 mpg.
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