「I’d Buy a 190E Benz Just to Rock this Kit!」The Pandem (TRA Kyoto) Kit That’s Too Cool to Resist!
Seeing a Benz styled like this suddenly makes me want one!
Pandem’s first four door widebody kit.
Here we have a small Mercedes saloon car “W201-Type 190E” that made big waves in the 1980s. It is a model that would be the so-called C-Class, a subcompact luxury car packed with Mercedes quality and ammenities.
TRA Kyoto, known for their Rocket Bunny lineup of aero parts has set their sights on this car that was popular in Japan at the height of the bubble economy. Lending their powerful blister bolt-on type fender look to a sedan, this kit is marketed under the Pandem marque.
Actually, Mr. Miura has already owned 8 of these cars, a self-proclaimed 190E fan. In the case of sedans, the wheel well around the rear door cannot be cut and fitment there takes some real design groundwork. The side skirt piece needs to be extended downward to complete the lowdown look and the widebody kit requires a delicate balance in proportion overall.
There are a range of exisiting widebody parts for the 190E that imitate the Evolution I and II, but Pandem are using a blister fender shape rather than an overfender. Also, the wing is not an Evolution style gate-type, but rather a duck tail. The kit consists of six pieces in total: Front lip, splitter, front fender, sideskirt/rocker, rear fender and rear wing.
Front widths are increased by 60mm each side, 90mm at the rear. Overall width goes from 1680mm to 1860mm. The width of the current C-class (W205) is 1810mm so you can get an idea of this car’s wide footprint by comparison.
The stock rear fender needs to be cut to install this one, but still covers the tire housing when the rear door is opened. Wheels are re-barreled Lorinser RSK’s. Suspension is a marraige of Yellow Speed Racing and Roberuta Cup.
The demo car seen here is a 1992 model with a 2.6L Straight 6. Transmission has been replaced with a 5-speed manual. “There will be no automatic in this style!” says Miura. Since the straight six model was rarely sold in Japan, a manual swap kit was purchased via eBay for about 300,000yen. There were difficulties in changing the flywheel and position sensor, but otherwise a smooth swap.
“The 190E is really a great car. Even with just the aero kit and lowdown, it looks great. The kit goes on well and there are no gaps to be found. We’ve worked hard to make this car what it is.” says Miura.
Here is a style that blends European and Japanese styling into a low-down widebody masterpiece.
●Special Thanks：TRA Kyoto TEL：0774-43-3242