Why the BMW 2002 might be the best Beamer ever!
The BMW 2002 is a fantastic car that is often forgotten in BMW's history.
What made it so great?
When we think of BMW's we think or the 3-series, or the 5-series, or 6 or 7 or 8 series cars, but we often forget the legendary 2002 which really started it all. 2002 stood for 2-liter 2-door sedan, and laid the backbone for the M3, but we'll get to that later. When released in 1966 it was a revolutionary car, it combined the agility of a European sports car with the practicality of a compact sedan. It's formula was a nice powerful engine in a small light-weight car, and it worked to perfection. It weighed just over 2000 pounds and had a 113 horsepower 2.0 liter, dual overhead cam 4-cylinder which doesn't sound like much, but where the 2002 really shined was in the corners, it had fully independent suspension front and rear, which was somewhat uncommon outside of high end sports cars at that time, this made the 2002 a great car for the people.
The BMW 2002 TII
BMW decided the 2002 needed a little more pep, so they came out with the TII variant. TII stand for "Touring international injection" this came with an 140 horsepower fuel injected version of the regular 2002's engine, now the 2002 had the muscle to keep up with some of the sports cars of the day such as the MG's and Alfa spyders of the day. It was a truly brilliant little car, that was one of the best cars of it's era. But BMW wasn't finished and would make a Turbo variant soon.
The 2002 Turbo
Now we are talking about one of my favorite cars of all time, the BMW 2002 Turbo. BMW attached a turbocharger to the TII engine boosting power to an incredible 170hp which was a lot for the lightweight 2002. They also added a really cool body kit that flared the wheel arches and added a splitter and wing to it. They also gave it stripes in BMW racing colors, with a big fat Turbo written on the splitter. The car looked amazing and had incredible performance figures for it's time. It went from 0-60 in 6.9 seconds which is a fairly quick time. Sadly only 1,672 where produced due to the oil crisis cutting production short. But this car will forever be part of my heart.
The 2002's legacy
The BMW 2002 set the benchmark for BMW for years too come, the E30 owes a lot to the 2002 as far as design and performance goes, and you can still see a little bit of 2002 in today's M2 which both have the same recipe of small, light, and powerful. I hope y'all enjoyed this article, and fell free to share how you feel about this amazing and brilliant car.