Reto Meisel's Mercedes-Benz W201 190 is barely a 190 at all. But when he attacked Mickhausen in Germany last month, he put on quite a show for the eyes and ears. So adding him to our expanding run of hillclimb stars was an easy decision.

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Like many competitive hillclimb monsters, Meisel's 190 is powered by a 3.5-liter Judd V8 that sounds like a tiger making love to a circular saw (in a world where a love like that doesn't end in tiger steaks). With 564 hp, The 1,800 pound Merc can get from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. Uphill.