Journal: 2002 Turbo Ads Show Off the 1970’s Fastest Shoebox

2002 Turbo Ads Show Off the 1970’s Fastest Shoebox

By Petrolicious Productions
June 4, 2013

Europe’s first turbocharged production car, the 2002 Turbo is among the rarest and most desirable Neue Klasse BMWs ever built. Introduced in 1973, the Turbo used a version of the tii’s four but with a lower, 6.9 compression ratio and a KKK turbo. This combo was good for 170 HP, 180 torques, and a 0-60 MPH time of 6.9 seconds—supercar territory in the early seventies. With only just under 1,700 ever built, the Turbo’s scarcity and insane, uber-shoe box style make it one of the most special Beemers to ever roll out off the production line.

We recently dug up this amazing German market brochure, which is simply too cool not to share. Our favorite part has to be that incredibly clean, simple dash—Dieter Rams himself couldn’t improve on its pure functionality and beauty of form.

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10 years ago

I love the 02 as much as anyone but let’s not let rosy nostalgia mess up the numbers. 0-60 times were in the 7.3-7.5 second range when tested in the day.

Kevin Fitzpatrick
Kevin Fitzpatrick
10 years ago

I never thought I’d say my favorite part about that car is the interior. Perfectly spartan.

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