The only part of the comparo that isn't fair is that they're using a Evo III M 3 instead of the Evo I. Other than that as Quack said that is NOT your run of the mill Merc. I've had the fortunate experience of taking a 2.3 190e for a boot and what a hoot. Gearbox is awkward but you get used to it quickly. Great car.
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