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Would You Pay N12.7m For This 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E Evolution?



Bring a Trailer  is an online car auction website.

The auction website currently has a 1989 Mercedes 190E on offer. The auction for it runs through through Wednesday afternoon, May 26.

The car was specially built to directly compete with the E30 BMW M3 Sport Evolution for touring-car supremacy.

Only 502 190E Evolution cars were built, making this particular example more interesting. This makes them an extremely hot commodity.

On the auction site, bidding is still at $31,000 (N12,787,500).

This one on offer has a gorgeous blue-black metallic colour. The 190E Evolution essentially looks like the Batmobile had a love affair with a DTM touring car. Even the 16-inch alloy wheels suit the car’s looks perfectly.

The car is powered by a longitudinally mounted Cosworth-built 2.5-liter inline-four.  The Evolution sends a respectable 202 horsepower to the rear wheels. It does this via a five-speed dogleg manual transmission and limited-slip differential; it also revs to a healthy 7200 rpm.

The Evolution also featured a self-leveling suspension with a selector switch that would lower the car for track use.

Apart from its race-built engine and trick suspension, the Evolution sported a larger wing, flared fenders, and revised front and rear fascias to add to both its looks and downforce.

Move inside and appreciate the bolstered black leather seats, tartan cloth inserts on the seats and door panels, and wood surrounding the shifter. Maybe it’s just us, but looking at this interior makes us wish manufacturers would be a bit more adventurous with interior design these days.

It has around 43,000 miles on the clock. A slew of its parts were replaced recently, including an overhaul of the self-leveling suspension.

So, would you be willing to pay N12,787,500 for this machine?

If you are interest, you can bid for it on the Bring a Trailer website. Note that auction ends on May 26 —bidding is still at $31,000. Though its unlikely that it will remain so for long. is an authoritative car blog in Nigeria. Its objective is to get Nigerians and a wider audience to be more informed about automobiles, the automotive sector and transport infrastructure. Over the years, we have been instrumental in creating immeasurable public awareness about automobiles and their maintenance, safety and traffic laws, amongst others. ...Your mobility, our priority. NK

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