1973 BMW 2002 Turbo – Forza Top 30 #1/30

1973 BMW 2002 Turbo in Forza Horizon 4
1973 BMW 2002 Turbo

History of the 2002 Turbo

The first in my Top 30 (in no particular order) coolest, most iconic, or just my favorite cars from Forza Horizon 4 series of articles and videos. The 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo is one of my favorite old school cars, and one of my favorite all-time BMW’s. As the owner of a 135i, I have considered doing a widebody conversion and painting it like this in homage. BMW created the 1 class as the spiritual successor to the 2002.

BMW took a 2002 tii and threw in the M31 version of the M10 Engine (1990cc inline 4) which added Kugelfischer fuel injection and Kuhnle, Kopp and Kausch turbocharger making it BMW’s first turbo car. This brought the horsepower up to 170bhp from 130bhp and the standing 0-60MPH time down from 9.3 seconds to 7.0 seconds with a top speed of 115MPH. One of the biggest complaints about this setup was turbo lag made the engine near useless under 4,000RPM. Built from 1973 until 1975 there were only 1,672 of these built, less than any other 02 series BMW (other than special versions)

2002 Turbo In-Game Performance

Differences from Stock to Modded

In Forza Horizon 4, the 2002 Turbo is fairly accurate in its specs, which is pretty standard for Forza games. The top speed is quite a bit higher in-game though, maybe because it’s just an arcade-type game and not a simulator. It’s a pretty good car in either spec though.

Stock Performance

Fully Stock the 2002 Turbo is a D class car with a PI of 500. It weighs 2381 lbs and has 168HP, although the manufacturer specs put it at 1,103KG (2,432lbs) and 170HP. In stock form, it has a 0.065 HP/LB power to weight ratio, with a top speed of 145MPH it does a 1/2 Mile drag in 23 seconds at 106MPH, and ran the Lake District Sprint in 3:09 coming in 1st place.

Fully Modded Performance

Fully Modified, I went with the 4.0L V8 because even though there were other options like the 1.6L Turbo race engine and the inline 6, this engine gave the best power to weight ratio of 0.367 HP/LB. It ended up an S2 class with a PI of 918, 867 Horsepower, and 2,366LBS. With these numbers, it ran the 1/2 Mile drag at 182MPH in 13.6 Seconds and had a top speed of 218MPH. It ran the same Lake District Sprint in 2:10 and also placed 1st.

2002 Turbo Race Video

This video is the comparisons from above, with a top speed run, drag race, and road race for each setup of the car.

2002 Turbo Appearances in Media.

The 2002 Turbo has appeared in a few movies and TV shows in both live and animated versions, looks like it’s mostly European media though. Links take you to the Internet Movie Cars Database.

in Gunsmith Cats, Animation Series, 1995
in Auf Achse, TV Series, 1978-1996
in Dikkenek, Movie, 2006
in Car Crazy, Non-fiction TV, 2001-2021
in Wheeler Dealers, Non-fiction TV, 2003-2021
in Car S.O.S, Non-fiction TV, 2013-2021
in Inspektion Lauenstadt, TV Series, 1976
in Rupan sansei: Rupan ansatsu shirei, Animation Movie, 1993
in Circuit no Ōkami, Movie, 1977
in Jyakkâ Dengekitai, TV Series, 1977

The 2002 Turbo is also a Hot Wheels car in a few different series, including a Forza Series.

Forza Motorsport BMW 2002 Turbo Hot Wheels
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