The short-lived BMW 2002 Turbo was a extroverted, turbocharged hooligan of a car. It was introduced in 1972 to inject some glamour into the ageing BMW sedan it was derived from. The standard BMW 2002 was a handsome, yet unremarkable two door coupe. The 2002 Turbo was a different story.
Based off the 2002 Tii body platform, the BMW 2002 Turbo was powered by a turbocharged 2.0 litre engine which produced 170 hp (125 kW) @ 5,800 rpm, and 177 ft/lbs (240 Nm) of torque. The 5-speed manual ZF gearbox allowed the BMW 2002 Turbo to reach a respectable 130 mph. One of the drawbacks to the engine was its sharp turbo cut in from 4,500 rpm. If the driver was caught out it could make the car a bit of a handful.
The styling of the BMW 2002 Turbo screamed performance. Early cars even advertised their turbocharged performance with prominent reversed 'Turbo' lettering on the front bumper. The wheel arches of the BMW 2002 Turbo were widened with tacked on, race-like extensions. At the front the chrome bumper of the standard car was replaced with a deep chin spoiler.
Inside the BMW 2002 Turbo were a pair of adjustable bucket seats, a turbo boost gauge and a three spoke sport steering wheel.
The BMW 2002 Turbo's production run lasted for only 10 months. In that time 1,672 cars had been manufactured. Today the 2002 Turbo is highly sought after by collectors.
|Year (of specifications)||1972 - 1973|
|Engine||2.0 litre, inline four cylinder, turbo|
|Transmission||5 speed manual RWD|
|Max speed||130 mph|
|Horsepower||170 bhp @ 5,800 rpm|