1974 BMW 2002 tii 2017-10-30T13:00:02+00:00

Project Description

OVERVIEW

When you think of BMW’s tagline about being “the ultimate driving machine”, the 2002 tii is the car that phrase was created for. While BMW is now a huge manufacturer of sports cars, luxury sedans, and SUVs, the 2002 tii shares virtually nothing with the cars today. It was the foundation of their sporting DNA, a paired down, simple, and driver-focused little coupe. By comparison, the BMWs of today carry hundreds of pounds of electronics just to keep it on the road. Driving the 2002tii is a breath of fresh air by comparison.

From the driver’s seat of the 2002, the comfy seats offer decent support and comfort for tooling around town. All of the inputs offer exactly the right kind of feedback. The steering is communicative to the point that it feels like you could discuss politics with the road below you. The shifter is crisp and precise, allowing for effortless gear changes. The pedals offer excellent feedback and response. The greenhouse itself is light and airy with narrow pillars that offer visibility unmatched by anything on sale today.

Once on the move, the 2.0-liter inline-4 engine revs happily which comes in handy when the peak horsepower isn’t fully available until 5800 RPM. To fully extract the most out of the little engine and tight chassis, you’ve got to be quick and deliberate with your shifts, as redline comes just 700 RPM later at 6500. While 2002 tii isn’t the fastest car on the road, even for its time, it never feels particularly slow.

At the end of the day though, the 2002 tii is a car that is all about feel, from an era before German cars were known for being over-engineered to the point of numbness. It’s still a well-engineered car for sure, but it hasn’t had the fun engineered out of it. In other words, this isn’t a BMW for the hands-free Bluetooth earpiece crowd.

OVERVIEW

When you think of BMW’s tagline about being “the ultimate driving machine”, the 2002 tii is the car that phrase was created for. While BMW is now a huge manufacturer of sports cars, luxury sedans, and SUVs, the 2002 tii shares virtually nothing with the cars today. It was the foundation of their sporting DNA, a paired down, simple, and driver-focused little coupe. By comparison, the BMWs of today carry hundreds of pounds of electronics just to keep it on the road. Driving the 2002tii is a breath of fresh air by comparison.

From the driver’s seat of the 2002, the comfy seats offer decent support and comfort for tooling around town. All of the inputs offer exactly the right kind of feedback. The steering is communicative to the point that it feels like you could discuss politics with the road below you. The shifter is crisp and precise, allowing for effortless gear changes. The pedals offer excellent feedback and response. The greenhouse itself is light and airy with narrow pillars that offer visibility unmatched by anything on sale today.

Once on the move, the 2.0-liter inline-4 engine revs happily which comes in handy when the peak horsepower isn’t fully available until 5800 RPM. To fully extract the most out of the little engine and tight chassis, you’ve got to be quick and deliberate with your shifts, as redline comes just 700 RPM later at 6500. While 2002 tii isn’t the fastest car on the road, even for its time, it never feels particularly slow.

At the end of the day though, the 2002 tii is a car that is all about feel, from an era before German cars were known for being over-engineered to the point of numbness. It’s still a well-engineered car for sure, but it hasn’t had the fun engineered out of it. In other words, this isn’t a BMW for the hands-free Bluetooth earpiece crowd.

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A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The BMW 2002 started as a happy accident when BMW’s director of product planning and an engine designer discovered that they had both replaced the 1.6-liter engines in their personal BMW 1600-2’s with a larger 2.0-liter unit. With that in mind, they created a proposal together for a more powerful production car based on the 1600-2 but with a larger engine. Two years later in 1968, the 2002 and 2002 ti hit the market with either a single carburetor and 100 horsepower or dual carburetors, a higher compression ratio, and 120 horsepower.

Three years later, in 1971, the 2002 ti was replaced by the tii model, which offered fuel injection and 130 horsepower. While the power bump didn’t make much of a difference in and of itself in the 2002, it did help with both reliability and power delivery. In a car as small as the 2002, it didn’t need tons of power to be fast and fun to drive, but even so, in 1973, BMW rolled out the 2002 Turbo. By lowering the compression ratio of the 2.0-liter engine and adding a turbocharger to it, the 2002 Turbo produced 170 horsepower and quickly became a icon due to its performance and rarity.

By 1975, the 2002 was phased out and replaced with the venerable 3-Series we all know today.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The BMW 2002 started as a happy accident when BMW’s director of product planning and an engine designer discovered that they had both replaced the 1.6-liter engines in their personal BMW 1600-2’s with a larger 2.0-liter unit. With that in mind, they created a proposal together for a more powerful production car based on the 1600-2 but with a larger engine. Two years later in 1968, the 2002 and 2002 ti hit the market with either a single carburetor and 100 horsepower or dual carburetors, a higher compression ratio, and 120 horsepower.

Three years later, in 1971, the 2002 ti was replaced by the tii model, which offered fuel injection and 130 horsepower. While the power bump didn’t make much of a difference in and of itself in the 2002, it did help with both reliability and power delivery. In a car as small as the 2002, it didn’t need tons of power to be fast and fun to drive, but even so, in 1973, BMW rolled out the 2002 Turbo. By lowering the compression ratio of the 2.0-liter engine and adding a turbocharger to it, the 2002 Turbo produced 170 horsepower and quickly became a icon due to its performance and rarity.

By 1975, the 2002 was phased out and replaced with the venerable 3-Series we all know today.

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