Mercedes 190E Metropolis By Schulz: The Rear-Wheel-Drive Hatchback That Got here Earlier than The BMW 1-Collection

Mercedes 190E Metropolis by Schulz is the forgotten grandfather of the Mercedes A-Class

by Dim Angelov, on

Whenever you consider Nineteen Eighties Mercedes-Benz automobiles, you most likely consider the bulletproof W124-generation or perhaps its smaller brother, the 190E (W201), also referred to as the “Child Benz”. However what you most likely didn’t know is that, within the Nineteen Nineties, a tuning firm known as Schulz took a Mercedes 190E and turned it into the primary Mercedes hatchback, approach earlier than the A-Class and BMW 1 Collection. It’s known as the Mercedes 190E Stadt (Metropolis).

It began with an everyday Mercedes 190E chassis

Mercedes really had an idea for a rear-wheel-drive hatchback, in 1981, known as the 190E Compact Automotive or “Stadtwagen”, however ultimately, it was scrapped. Eberhard Schulz, founding father of Schulz Tuning, determined he wished to make his personal Mercedes 190E Hatchback, so he took an everyday Mercedes 190E and chopped off the rear finish simply behind the C-pillar. Then, he grafted the rear panel and tailgate from a Mercedes W124 Wagon and that was it.

The 190E Metropolis also referred to as the 190E Compakt by Schulz, was supplied in each three-door and five-door variations. That stated, even the three-door model retained the small quarter home windows from what was once the rear doorways.

It may wipe the ground with the VW Golf GTI

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On the time, Schulz got here up with the hatchback model of the Mercedes 190E, the Golf GTI – probably the most iconic scorching hatchbacks – was already in its second technology. That stated, whereas the Golf GTI had solely 129 horsepower and 124 pound-feet (168 Nm), the Mercedes 190E Compakt was fitted with a 2.6-liter, inline-six unit that made 164 horsepower and 168 pound-feet (228 Nm), which was sufficient for a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of beneath 8.0 seconds versus the Golf GTI’s 8.6-second time.

The engine didn’t essentially include the donor automobile, however was included as a part of the conversion. Simply to place issues in perspective, most scorching hatchbacks on the time, had not more than 120 horsepower, with the Golf GTI being probably the most highly effective, not together with the a lot rarer, supercharged GTI G60, which packed 160 horsepower and 166 pound-feet (225 Nm).

Why was the Mercedes 190E Metropolis forgotten?

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The conversion was just too costly for many. It could have been one of many first rear-wheel-drive hatchbacks, however the actuality was that the Golf GTI supplied the same package deal, even when front-wheel drive, at a way more attainable worth. It’s unknown what number of conversions have been made by Schulz Tuning.

What’s the legacy of the Mercedes 190E Metropolis?

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Mercedes lastly determined to make a rear-wheel-drive hatchback/MPV in 1997, which might greatest be forgotten – the first-generation Mercedes A-Class (W168), well-known for spectacularly failing the moose check. Mercedes lastly gave up on it, in 2004 and each different A-Class after it featured a front-wheel-drive structure with a transversely-mounted engine.

On the identical time, BMW capitalized on the rear-wheel-drive hatchback system, with the first-generation BMW 1 Collection (E87), which reached a seven-digit manufacturing determine. Maybe, Mercedes ought to have gone via with their thought of a rear-wheel-drive hatchback in spite of everything. What do you suppose?

Dim Angelov

Dim Angelov

Born in 1992, I come from a household of motoring lovers. My ardour for automobiles was awoken on the age of six, after I noticed a Lamborghini Diablo SV in {a magazine}. After highschool I earned a grasp’s diploma in advertising and a Grasp of Arts in Media and Communications. Over time, I’ve practiced and turn into expert in precision driving and up to now have check pushed greater than 250 automobiles throughout the globe. Over time, I’ve picked up primary mechanical information and have even taken half within the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Sort and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Dash. Currently, I’ve taken a flowery to automotive images, and whereas trendy automobiles are my main ardour, I even have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, conflict historical past, craft beer, historic weapons, and automobile restoration. In time, I plan my very own basic automobile restoration and hope to earn my racing certificates, after which I anticipate to ascertain my very own racing crew.  Learn full bio

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