It was 1973 when the 7-year-old BMW 2002 had already set a solid benchmark for compact car design for the German carmaker. Needed something more powerful, that could fit in the same sedan body while obliterating its competitors in racing, BMW engineers decided to fit the 1972 BMW 2002 tii’s 1990cc (M10) tried and tested engine with a KKK (Kuhnle, Kopp and Kausch) turbocharger. As a result, the new turbocharged engine that previously produced 140bhp in its naturally-aspirated form, now put out 170bhp of power and 240Nm of torque. This was Europe’s first production turbocharged car. But it was not only that. The BMW 2002 Turbo was such a powerhouse in its day that the only car that could come close to beating it was the Porsche Carrera with its 210bhp.
The BMW 2002 Turbo had a short life. Its massive turbo lag meant that it wasn’t the easiest car to drive when the roads became twisty. But what the 2002 left behind was an idea for BMW to grow upon. The 2002 Turbo was the first car which was jointly developed by BMW alongside their Motorsport division. It was the first real stepping stone that opened the understanding for future BMW M cars, something that came into better highlight with the launch of the 3.0 CSL.
The BMW 2002 Hommage created by the German carmaker celeberates the extraordinary car that lies underneath the very fabric of BMW thinking. It tries to mimic the original with its wide-bodywork that houses a larger track and paint scheme that reminisces of the 70s old-school motorsport livery.
The BMW 2002 Hommage will be showcased at this year’s Pebble Beach which starts on August 21, 2016.