Frankenstein and Crisis of Identity

Restomods are said to be the ‘Frankensteins’ of the car world, bringing vintage cars back to life with a modern twist.

The Mercedes-AMG EVO II restomod is the celebrated Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II redefined.

First unveiled in March of 1990 at the Geneva Auto Show, the original AMG 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II — or simply ‘EVO II’.

The original Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II was equipped with a Cosworth-fettled 2.5-litre, 16-valve engine producing 231 bhp.

In contrast, the HWA EVO features an AMG bi-turbo V6 packing 443 bhp, significantly increasing power and performance.

The ‘New Evo’ is being developed by HWA AG, a manufacturer of racing and sports cars.

Named after its founder Hans-Werner Aufrecht.

To coincide with HWA’s 25th anniversary, they decided to celebrate the occasion with the Mercedes-AMG EVO II.

The restomod is limited to 100 units, with delivery expected to begin at the end of 2025. The price for each HWA EVO will start at £614,000 before VAT.

In summary, the HWA EVO represents a significant evolution from the original Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II, featuring substantial enhancements in power, technology, and exclusivity while paying homage to the iconic car of the past.

‘Restomods are when you can’t decide between old-school cool and modern marvels, so you fuse them and hope the car doesn’t suffer an identity crisis.’