Not many cars have the history and motorsport pedigree of the BMW 2002 Turbo. Its design is classic and its name instantly recognizable. It’s one of the most important cars of its era and one of the most influential to BMW. The 2002 Turbo is a car that almost all BMW enthusiasts know of and hold in high regard. But would owning one be worth the high price tag?
This 1972 BMW 2002 Turbo is currently for sale, with an asking price of about $85,000 US. That’s quite a hefty price tag and could get you a brand new M3 Competition Package with a vacation to the island of Capri. However, it could also get you one of the coolest cars of the ’70s and one of the best sport sedans of all time. Plus, the 2002 Turbo says “OBRUT” on the front lip spoiler, to alert drivers in their rearview mirror of what car was about to eat them for lunch. That’s worth $10,000 right there.
The 2002 Turbo’s 2.0 liter turbocharged engine developed around 170 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque back in the day. Those numbers are insignificant by today’s standards, being besting by a Toyota Camry, however, they were damn good for the era and enough to make the little Bimmer a riot to drive. You also have the old-school KKK (not the hate group) turbocharger, which brings boost on like an anvil midway through the powerband. There’s a sort of charm of preparing for the massive torque spike of old-school turbos, as they aren’t anywhere near as linear as the turbo systems of today. There’s just massive lag down low and then a wallop of power, kicking you in the backside.
It also wears one of the best liveries of all time, with its classic white paint with blue and red striping. It looks superb, especially with those bolted on fender flares that just give it such a proper motorsport look. Everything about the 2002 Turbo screams speed, even though it’s not really that fast by today’s standards.
This specific model seems to be in very good shape, even if some things aren’t completely stock, such as the golf-ball shift knob. However, the interior seems to be in good condition, with not noticeable damage or blemishes. The exterior seem to be devoid of any rust or major issues. But it doesn’t look so perfect that you’re afraid to drive it and that’s important. These cars were meant to be driven, not kept in climate-controlled garages for their entire lives.
Is this awesome classic worth the $85,000? Technically, anything is worth what someone is willing to pay for it, so the answer is likely yes as this car will almost certainly find a home soon. But would it be worth getting this over a brand-new BMW M3 Competition Package?