The 02 Series: BMW's First Sporty Sedan [Video]
The 02 Series established BMW as a maker of lightweight, fast automobile being a pioneer and innovative car for its time. Even though, at the time, the New Class models were very successful, the customers asked for a cheaper, sporty compact, with enough power to make you want to drive it on a daily basis.
The new car was introduced at Geneva in 1966. It was named 1600-2 and was 23 centimeters (9 inches) smaller than the New Six Sedan. It was also cheaper and almost as powerful.
The number "2" showed that the new car had 2 doors. Later on, the 1600-2 was turned into the 02 Series 1600 and 2002. The 2002 was especially popular with its 2-liter 100 HP engine and later on the 2002tii with 130 HP from a fuel injected engine.
The first European turbocharged car was a 2002 also. It was called 2002 Turbo and had a 2-liter turbocharged engine that delivered 170 HP. With this model BMW dominated the Motorsport scene of Europe during the mid 60s and 70s.