BMW Super Bild Of The Day: 2002 Turbo

Interesting | July 13th, 2012 by 9
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Keeping with the theme of big horsepower in small packages, I humbly serve you this 2002Turbo for your enjoyment. The 2002 Turbo was introduced at …

Keeping with the theme of big horsepower in small packages, I humbly serve you this 2002Turbo for your enjoyment.

The 2002 Turbo was introduced at the 1973 Frankfurt Auto Show. Developed by then BMW Motorsport, later renamed BMW M, the distinguishing feature of the Turbo was the Kuhnle, Kopp & Kausch turbocharger. It was mounted low on the right front of the engine and air was fed to it through a tube. The holes in the front spoiler are for cooling. The large center opening is for the oil cooler, while the smaller one to the right is used for the tube that feeds cool air directly onto the turbo itself.

Said turbo helped the miniscule 1990cc engine produce 170 hp at 5800 RPM up from the standard 2002’s 108 hp. Even the very sought after 2002tii with its kugelfischer mechanic fuel injection mustered a mere 130hp.

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The 2002turbo is also credited with being Europe’s first production turbo charged car, long before Porsche introduced it’s version of the 911turbo, dubbed the 930T in 1975.

Today’s Super Bild is draped in Dakar Yellow paint with a classic black racing stripe and adorned with riveted fender flares to accommodate the larger 16in wheels. There is something so pure and simple about the 2002 design that lends well to tasteful modifications. No wonder the tuning crowd has taken the 2002 under its wing and is showing it the love and respect it deserves. It’s also the reason why it’s becoming harder to find a used 2002 at a reasonable price.

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[Hat tip: Matt Powe from Australia, loyal reader]

9 responses to “BMW Super Bild Of The Day: 2002 Turbo”

  1. wolfette says:

    Photoshop Phailure

  2. wolfette says:

    Real BMW factory 2002 Turbo models are Chamonix White or Polaris silver and have distinctive red/violet/blue Motorsport striping. They also have 13″ wheels.

    • Manny Antunes says:

      But is also a picture you can download anywhere on the web. I was looking for a unique 2002turbo that you wouldn’t see everyday.

  3. alan says:

    sure do love tii’s with dual solex’s! where do you do your research?

    • Manny Antunes says:

      You’re absolutely correct. I had one too many “I” in there. And I should know, I raced a tii for 3 seasons in SCCA soloII back in the early 90s. Apologies.

  4. Andrew says:

    The 2002tii had 130 hp and was fuel injected. The 2002ti had twin carbs.

  5. LaMa says:

    wow what an ugly toad. did bungle’s grandpa worked on this car ?
    just look at the late 60’s Italian cars and think about what beauty is…
    it might be a good car to drive but ugly to look at it.

  6. Andrew says:

    Manny, this ’02 exists only in the imagination of a very creative graphic designer. It’s a 3D render. A pretty good one, but a render nonetheless.

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