Rear-Wheel Drive with Manual Gearbox: Our Desired Combination
Recent updates about the amazing HWA EVO restomod have been shared online, providing insight into what we can anticipate in terms of engine specifications and other details. According to a report by Double Apex, they have obtained a document from a potential HWA EVO customer that reveals the company’s plans to use standard 190E sedans as the foundation for this project, rather than modifying existing high-performance versions like the 2.3-16, 2.5-16, 2.5-16 Evo I, and 2.5-16 Evo II.
The major update lies within the engine compartment of the HWA EVO. While the initial 190E models boasted a four-cylinder engine in different high-performance iterations, similar to the present-day Mercedes-AMG C63, the new model from HWA is said to feature a turbocharged V6 engine and will transfer its power to the rear wheels through a manual transmission.
The first step in the process involves stripping the donor vehicle down to its bare metal. This includes removing all interior trim, mechanical powertrain components, and electrical systems. A custom-made roll cage will then be installed in the car, along with four individual bucket seats from Recaro. These seats will each have a four-point harness for maximum safety. Additionally, there will be modern climate control and instrumentation incorporated into the car. However, what about the engine?
Reportedly in the works is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo powertrain, boasting a remarkable output of 444 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque as its base level. The placement of this engine behind the front axle, similar to that of a Mercedes-AMG GT, will result in a front-mid design allowing for a perfectly balanced 50/50 weight distribution. This impressive combination should provide more than enough power for optimal performance.
According to reports, an optional “Affalterbach” package will be available, boosting the power output to an impressive 493 hp.
The suspension is said to feature double wishbones on all four corners, along with larger wheels and powerful brakes equipped with 380 millimeter discs in the front and 360 millimeters in the rear (equivalent to 15 inches and 14.2 inches respectively). These upgrades are necessary to maintain control over the vehicle’s intended weight of 1,350 kilograms or approximately 2,976 pounds. As expected, the engine will transfer power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transaxle.
According to the report, clients will have the opportunity to make selections from a wide range of restomod enhancements, including paint choices, decals, and showcasing carbon fiber elements. In addition, they will have access to upgraded braking systems, an aero package, increased maximum velocity, and various other options.
While it all may seem quite appealing, the hefty price tag of €714,000 (equivalent to approximately $769,000 in today’s currency exchange) must be considered before committing to this opportunity. Is it truly worth it? After reviewing the initial visuals, we believe it is.