For most car enthusiasts, the1980’s to 2000s was a golden era with a perfect balance between power and beautiful design. The road-going cars and consumer vehicles had just started to get some serious street cred with enough power to put a smile on anyone’s face.
With good design being timeless and great design being ever-lasting, some of these classic vehicles are more sought after than gold.
Unfortunately, the power figures did not age as gracefully as the aesthetics, and with more power becoming easier and cheaper to obtain – what was once seen as an abundance of power was not stacking up anymore.
Enter this is the one-of-one Mercedes-Benz C63 DTM Evolution! This car is a product of hours upon hours of work over an 8-year period. What we see today is a modified 190E body, dropped onto a 2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 Amg chassis and running gear and a fully custom interior that strikes a balance between old and new.
With the main focus on bringing some modern power and technology to this classic Mercedes, the C63’s V8 was retained and fitted to the 190E’s body. The subframes, various cooling systems, brakes, electronics, dashboard—even the wiring harness—are unmolested C63.
With the addition of a modern V8 not being enough, a Weistec twin-screw supercharger for the C63 was added giving this monster 190E un-godly amounts of power that is instantly and readily available. It draws air via two custom aluminium ducts integrated right into the custom radiator mount, and comes with a liquid-to-air intercooler that’s meant to be front-mounted. There’s no room here, though, so it was relocated to a cutout in the trunk.
Unfortunately, no power and performance figures are available at the moment, but just the idea of this is enough to imagine the pure rush you would get from driving this monster of an AMG.
With most of the exterior being the original 190E and the C63 being longer and wider, a few extra’s bits and pieces were needed to get the fit and look correct. To make things even better, the 190E body was heavily modified to resemble the EVO styling with some DTM clues.
The interior – Interestingly, the dashboard of the newer car fits almost perfectly into the cabin of the 190E but the interior was a whole project on its own and it was completely custom and fabricated to include a 6-point roll cage neatly tucked away. Piper Motorsport fabricated the raw aluminium shell to serve as a backbone for the forthcoming interior—things like the door cards, backseat recesses and trunk pan.
The owner didn’t want a 30-year old key to unlock the doors, so the mechanisms were taken out of the C63 and grafted into the 190E doors.
Wheels were sorted by DTM-style wheels by fifteen52 -18×8 inches in the front, and 18×9.5 outback. Tires are Michelin Pilot Super Sport in 235/40R18 and 275/35R18.
To read a more in-depth article on this amazing 190E C63 AMG build – read here: https://www.thedrive.com/new-cars/40257/building-a-mercedes-190e-evo-on-a-modern-amg-c63-chassis-took-8-years-and-more-money-than-god
watch this slide show to see all that went into this transformation:
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