Ahhh.. thanks ;-)
For those of us without high-end models:
My, and a few other early 190 owners' cars, do definitely stick in 1st gear when you're in '2', without using kickdown or anything.. in fact you can drive at constant 5500 rpm if you want.. anything higher and it then changes up to second.
Must be unique to 190s? I've had a tranny replacement and they both did it
2.5-16v 1990 90,000m Astral Silver
2.0E 8v 1986 107,000m Black