A look back at the BMW 2002 Turbo (1973 – 1974)
If you were to imagine a modern-day contemporary for the BMW 2002 Turbo, it would most likely be the M3. An itsy-bitsy saloon with staggering, sporty performance and yet it was moderately fuel efficient, thanks to the KKK-blower – something that was important at the time with the 1970’s energy crisis at its peak.
Europe’s first turbocharged production car, the 2002 Turbo was ludicrously powerful but like many other early cars sporting a blower, it suffered from significant turbo lag. If driven by someone who ‘got’ it however, the lag could be anticipated and eye-watering speeds could be achieved.
Only 1672 were produced making the 2002 Turbo one of the most sought after classics today.