BMW Turbo

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E25 Turbo
BMW Turbo 1972 red vr TCE.jpg
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2 examples produced
Designer Paul Bracq
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout RMR layout
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged I4
Transmission 4-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,400 mm (94.5 in)
Length 4,155 mm (163.6 in)
Width 1,880 mm (74.0 in)
Height 1,100 mm (43.3 in)
Curb weight 1,272 kg (2,804.3 lb)

The E25 Turbo concept sports car was built by BMW as a celebration for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.[1][2] It was designed by Paul Bracq, with gullwing doors and was based on a modified 2002 chassis with a mid-mounted engine.[2] The Turbo featured a 200 hp turbocharged version of the engine from the BMW 2002, foam-filled front and rear sections to absorb impact, side impact beams, a braking distance monitor utilizing radar,[3] and a futuristic cockpit. The car developed 206 kW (280 PS; 276 hp) at 7100 rpm[citation needed] and reached 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 6.6 seconds. The top speed was 250 km/h (155 mph).[4]

Only two were ever built.[5] BMW later used the Turbo's design themes on the M1, the 8-Series, the Z1 and the 2008 M1 Homage Concept.[citation needed]

3/4 view of the Turbo


  1. ^ Lewin, Tony (2004), The Complete Book Of BMW: Every Model Since 1950, MotorBooks International, p. 307, ISBN 978-0-7603-1951-2, retrieved 2011-04-28 
  2. ^ a b Norbye, Jan P. (1984). BMW - Bavaria's Driving Machines. Skokie, IL: Publications International. pp. 154–155. ISBN 0-517-42464-9. 
  3. ^ Noakes, Andrew (2005). "Unbeatable BMW 1972-1980". The Ultimate History of BMW. Bath, UK: Parragon Publishing. p. 82. ISBN 1-4054-5316-8. 
  4. ^ Cranswick, Mark (2010). "2 - The Original BMW 5 Series (e12)". The BMW 5 Series and X5: A History of Production Cars and Tuner Specials, 1972-2008. Jefferson, NC, USA: McFarland. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-7864-4351-2. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  5. ^ Lewin, Tony (2004) [2004]. "An icon emerges". The Complete Book of BMW: Every Model in the World Since 1962. St. Paul, MN USA: Motorbooks International. p. 65. ISBN 0-7603-1951-0. Retrieved 2013-11-11. Only two were buillt – but the lasting value to BMW was in the turbo engine it gave to the volume production 2002 series...