Did you know, fact fans, BMW is responsible for the first series-produced turbocharged engine? No? Well, you do now. That’s what we do here at Onlymotors. We tell you facts that will make you the most popular person in the pub. Because everyone loves car facts, right?
Anyway, BMW and turbos. The 2002 Turbo set the trend for BMW. This led the company onto other forced induction ventures. What ventures? We hear you eagerly ask. Well, how about winning the F1 championship in ’83 with a turbocharged engine? Nelson Piquet was behind the wheel, and it was a revolutionary moment.
BMW hasn’t forgotten this, hence the vision in orange you see before you. The recently unveiled 2002 hommage is a striking machine based on the current 2 Series. First seen at Villa D’Este, its dramatic angles and ‘shark nose’ face made us love it instantly. It’s a throwback to BMWs of old with a thoroughly modern and powerful twist. That’s our kind of car. Furthermore, it’s laden with tech, carbon fibre and arches that could swallow a village.
It’s a re-imagining of the classic, created as part of a design study earlier in the year. BMW didn’t know how well it would be received. There was no need to worry. Everyone loves it, because it’s brilliant but still a bit bonkers. Perfect BMW territory.
Based on the formidable M2, it’s no slouch. The 3.0 straight six (complete with turbo, obviously) hasn’t been left stock because that would be silly. What’s not silly, apparently, is fitting M3 pistons and main bearings, an up-rated exhaust and plenty of cooling upgrades. The result of all this? 370bhp and 369lb ft of torque. That’s a lot for a small coupe.
That was enough to get anyone with a passing interest in cars all frothy around the mouth. Now there’s even more to make us giddy. Namely this newest version, complete with livery to pay, sigh, homage, to the Jagermeister 2002 of old. But this one says Turbomeister. Which is clever, and avoids pesky copyright issues. It’s also orange, because anything less would be rubbish.
“The BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the extraordinary feats of engineering on which BMW turbo technology is based and re-interprets them in the form of a design study,” says Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles. “With its iconic orange/black paintwork, the car has a colour scheme and livery synonymous in the minds of many motor sport fans with the triumphs of the 1970s.”
Yep, we agree with that. What we don’t agree with is the fact this car is still nothing more than a dream. BMW, please, for the love of all that is good, build it for production. It’s based on the M2, so it can’t be that hard, right? We promise we’ll all buy one, and it love it and cherish it. There isn’t enough stuff like this on the roads. Make this happen. The roads will be a better place.