The high-performance sports saloon 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II burst into the scene in 1990 with only 502 examples made to date. That’s how rare and wantable the aura of street DTM racer actually was. Now an automotive concept artist elevates the coolness of 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II to unprecedented levels with a restomod any automotive fanatic will fall for instantly.
An iconic set of wheels in its own rights, this Mercedes was ahead of its time in terms of automotive design, and that swag factor. No doubt it was the dream car for many enthusiasts and collectors alike who would literally dry out their fat bank accounts to park one in their garage back in those times. Khyzyl Saleem has managed to capture the nostalgic spirit of the original EVO2 while infusing a refreshing swanky aura. The original body lines of the Merc have been maintained, and at the same time modernizing the overall flow. Nothing here hints the EVO2 has been pushed beyond its comfort level, and that’s a big brownie point I appreciate.
Designer: Khyzyl Saleem
Khyzyl drapes the EVO2 in a trending palette that’ll give motorheads goosebumps. Boy, that side profile silver with the mint green on the decals, pillars, roof and rear wing; matched contrastingly to the matte black on the front section is a makeover a hotshot Nike sneaker would be proud of. The wheels get the street racing treatment with fat volume and rims that are absolutely sick. Up front, the halogen lights have been replaced with mean LED lights adding more character to this ride.
Honestly, I can barely wait to see this restomod come to life by tuning shops. That’s if one can find the rare 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II to tinker with. Till then enjoy the Mercedes 190 EVO II in these surreal concept renders. Perhaps you could make them your desktop wallpaper – I’m clinging on to that idea right away!