Today everyone recognizes BMW as a sports luxury car manufacturer. Fans all over the world praise the performance of the modern-day M3's and M5's. BMW is a dream car for many, symbolizing prosperity and high social status. But a few decades ago, the future does not look so bright for the German manufacturer. The ’40s and ’50s are hard financial times for BMW.


However, BMW manages to raise some money and produce a car model that is about to change the brand's history forever. Of course, this is the BMW New Class (German: Neue Klasse) series and its iconic legacy, the BMW 2002. The car lays the foundations of BMW's fame as the ultimate driving machine.


Now a quick crash course. BMW 2002 is first launched in 1976. It comes with an underpowered 2-litre M10 engine, pumping out just 101 hp. Its “sporty” version 2002ti is with a double carburettor and 119 hp. Thankfully, BMW realises the potential of the model and creates the 2002 Turbo that utilizes a KKK turbo and pumps out 170 hp. This is the first turbocharged production car sold in Europe. The 2002 also features McPherson front struts with independent semi-trailing arm suspension in the rear, all aiding the fantastic handling characteristics.

These days it is kind of normal that a cheap 316 has just 136hp and a range-topping M3 has around 444hp. But back in the day having a 70 hp increase throughout the course of production of a single model is unimaginable.

Marc Carreras is the artist behind this minimalistic BMW 2002 art print. Order now your #finecarart at Simply Petrol marketplace.



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