The BMW 02 Motorsport is a series of high-performance vehicles developed by BMW in the 1960s and 1970s. The 02 Motorsport series is a direct descendant of the BMW 1600-2, the first compact car produced by BMW, which was launched in 1966. The 02 series was known for its exceptional handling, durability, and performance, and quickly became a cult classic among car enthusiasts.
In 1972, BMW introduced the 2002 Turbo, the first turbocharged production car in Europe. The 2002 Turbo was powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produced 170 horsepower, and could reach a top speed of 130 mph. The 2002 Turbo was also the first car to feature BMW’s now-iconic tri-color Motorsport stripes.
The success of the 02 series led to the development of the BMW Motorsport division, which produced some of the most iconic cars in BMW’s history, including the BMW M1, the BMW M3, and the BMW 3.0 CSL. The 02 Motorsport series played a pivotal role in establishing BMW’s reputation as a manufacturer of high-performance cars, and continues to be celebrated by car enthusiasts today.