The 2002 Turbo was acknowledged as the first standard vehicle in Europe with turbocharger. Based on the former European tour car, a compact sedan with an uncomparable efficiency weight evolved in 1972.
Unfortunately, the wind-unfavorable shape of the 02 series qualified 'only' for a maximum speed of 210 km/h. Today's vehicles with 170 HP can do by far better.
Much worse for BMW and this car was its timing, however. It was introduced shortly before the oil crisis in 1973. Car-free sundays and the purchase of a vehicle with a fuel consumption of up to 20 liters per 100 kms
do not go along. Especially as it appeared with a remarkable front spoiler and in the beginning with the print 'Turbo' in reflecting writing. Already then, not just the achievement of the vehicle, but also the visible prestige
This first series Turbo was not comparable to today's. There was no small charger for a reduced turbo lag, already commencing at low engine speed. The acceleration hit with brute force at higher engine speeds, in
lower speed ranges the 2002 Turbo was rather tame.