Somebody put a 6.0-litre V12 in a Mercedes 190 and it's better than you think

And it sounds good, too

When it first rolled off the assembly line in 1984, this Mercedes-Benz 190 W201 was powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine which, when it was new, delivered 89 hp. That's what you'd have called "adequate" at the time but it feels a bit weak in today's overpowered world. Well, the owner of this 190 decided he had to do something about it, so he removed the original 2.0-litre engine and replaced it with a V12.

Amazingly, this V12 190 looks remarkably "normal", considering the power that lies under the bonnet. You couldn't really tell that there's a massive 6.0-litre V12, sourced from a 600 SEL, waiting to be unleashed and in fact, were it not for the enormous wheels, you'd be tricked into thinking this is just another Mercedes. This is because the owner, a proper car nut living in the Netherlands, did a fantastic job. It took him 6 months and, I've no idea how, apparently he also made it road legal.

He began by moving the radiator forward and replacing the headlights with custom made ones to make sure it fit. To make sure the engine is properly ventilated, he fitted two air vents and front intake out of a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

This is where it gets interesting because this car is basically a potpourri of different parts coming from various cars in the Mercedes family. The steering system comes from a Mercedes W210, the wheel hubs were sourced from an SL500 and the 18-inch wheels come from an S600, the leather interior as well as the exhaust system, which was heavily modified, come from a 1987 W201 190. That's not the end of the story because the BC coilover suspension system comes from, you're gonna love this part, a E36-generation BMW 3-Series. Priceless.

The V12 produces (dyno tested) 424 hp and 431 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox out of a CL600, and according to the owner, the V12 190 should be able to accelerate from 62 to 124 mph (100-200 km/h, he's actually tried that) in 11 seconds, with a top speed of 217 mph. Well, ok. Honestly, I find that very hard to believe but other than that, and apart from the wheels, great job.

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Comments (14)

  • What a fantastic Nut job. Talk about a sneaky sleeper.

      1 year ago
  • Never really wanted a Mercedes very much but I sure want to drive that!

      1 year ago
  • Thats cool, and criikey, that engine looks like quite a tight fit in there 😃 Thats crazy. Id like it more if the wheels didnt look too big for its body, but Im not the owner (to each their own oversized wheels).

      1 year ago
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