The 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo is what is referred to as a “New Class.” BMW went through a financial problem during the 1950s as it attempted to recover from World War II. In order to help sell vehicles without bringing down its bottom line, it released the New Class between 1962 and 1977. The 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo is one such vehicle that used a smaller engine. In fact, BMW had not built the smaller engine vehicles since before the war as it had to turn its effort into building military vehicles during this time period.
The 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo used a two liter engine, and actually the 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo was the higher performing vehicle, losing for the majority of the New Class production period, beginning in 1968 and ending in 1975. The 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo was the first ever turbo production car and it could put out 170 horsepower and 240 pound feet of torque on the small, two liter engine. However, it came out at a poor time as the 1973 oil crisis caused a drastic reduction in the purchase of vehicles at the time, which is why only 1,672 of the model was ever built.