The immaculate BMW 2002 Turbo I’m currently clinging to is one of only nine currently registered in the UK – that makes it three times rarer than a LaFerrari on these shores – and minters like this are now swapping hands for upwards of £60,000. Given its short wheelbase and primitive KKK turbocharger lashed to a 2.0-litre motor, it also has a reputation for swapping ends if you’re not on high alert for the arrival of the boost.
Designed to tap the obvious potential in the 2002’s chassis, only 1,672 were ever built between 1973 and 1975 – each one receiving a calculated makeover from the engineering department with bigger brakes, a limited-slip differential, wider tyres and a 40bhp hike over the tii. And then the design department indulged in too many steins and set about reshaping the exterior. I mean, just look at it – those riveted arches, that snow-shovel front spoiler and the full-length decals are full-on bonkers and still have the power to shock today.
Photography: Rowan Horncastle
This feature was originally published in the December 2015 issue of Top Gear magazine.