The E25 Turbo was built for the 1972 Olympics, held in Munich, and as a test-bed for technologies in the ’70s, and even showcased a radar system to warn drivers of curbs and various other things. That kind of tech back in the ‘70s was considered very “groovy” or some other sort of hippie vernacular.
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But by looking at the E25 Turbo, it’s quite obvious where the design language for the M1 came from. That same design language even made its way to the 8 Series.
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, and a futuristic cockpit. The car developed 276 hp at 7100 rpm and reached 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 6.6 seconds. The top speed was 250 km/h (155 mph). Only two were built...unfortunately, right?
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📚: BMW Blog (written by Horatiu Boeriu on 3/3/17)