- Long-distance records over 50,000 and 25,000 kilometres as well as nine more records in its class
- The record-setting vehicles ran like a clockwork
- 190 E 2.3-16 opens up the segment of sporty and compact cars for Mercedes-Benz
Stuttgart – The Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 was a star of the year 1983 – and set no less than several records between 11 and 21 August on the high-speed track in Nardò. In just 201 hours, 39 minutes and 43 seconds it covered a distance of 50,000 kilometres (31,000 miles). In addition to this achievement it also set two more world records over a distance of 25,000 kilometres (15,500 miles) and nine records in its class. For the vehicle and above all for the then new four-valve engine, this provided impressive proof of the reliability over an extreme long distance.
All in all, there were three identical vehicles of the sporty version of the Mercedes-Benz 190 (W 201) in use in Nardò, which four weeks later was presented to the world for the first time at the IAA International Motor Show in 1983. The technical and visual specifications of the Nardò version were largely identical to the planned series production version, and with these records they delivered impressive proof of the performance and reliability of the top-of-the-line model in the compact class at the time.