BMW 2002

Despite what the name might imply, the BMW 2002, was not launched in 2002. It hit the market way back in 1962. This marked a new class of compact sedans by the German automaker BMW. It was equipped with a four-cylinder BMW M10 engine, which grew over the years from 1.5 to 1.6, 1.8, and 2.0 L. The name was changed along with the engines as well. The BMW 2002 featured a fully independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and front disc brakes. BMW was never the same after this point. The 2002 elevated it to a new level. It inevitably, allowed the company more funding to continue research and development on models that would appear in the later years. Thus, the 2002 is one of BMW's most famous models. This coupe, which was based on the four-door 1600 landed the company with a reputation for designing and manufacturing compact sporting sedans. The extremely popular BMW 3 Series grew from the concept of the 2002. It was produced for nearly ten years from 1968 to 1976. Drivers also have the option of purchasing a three-door model, the 2002 Touring. It resembled a modern hatchback, not a wagon. It was not offered again until the late 1980's as part of the 3 series. The 2002 was well equipped under the hood, which definitely helped it on its rise to fame. It had a 1,990 cm<sup>3</sup> engine, produced some 120 bhp (88 kW) in the 2002ti, and 130 bhp (96 kW) in the high-performance 2002tii. The 2002tii was a car for those looking for some real speed; it had a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph). At the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2002 Turbo was launched as the company's first turbocharged production car ever. Power in the Turbo was raised to 170 hp (125 kW) at 5,800 rpm, with 240 Nm (177 ft•lbf) of torque. This version was obviously also well received at its initial showing.