Meanwhile, it has long been clear: BMW is a sporty, alternative driving dynamic among the better cars. But the fact that this is happening is not a logical development, but rather the result of a breakthrough innovation. Like the discovery of penicillin that was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1945. Or the moon landing in 1969. Or the 2007 iPhone.
It’s been 60 years since BMW presented Apollo 11: its own “New Class”. It was at the IAA in September 1961 and on the road from the summer of 1962. It went down in the company’s history as an “ambulance” and formed the blueprint for all BMWs in the following decades. (Here are 6 of the Hottest BMW 02)
With the innovation of the Bavarian leap, we’re walking down the foothills of the Alps again today. A few years ago we went out and about here with solemn baroque angels. The door was fully closed, it was heavy in the corners, and only the smooth door could feel BMW’s precision in shifting the steering wheel.
BMW 2000 with a bit of a gimmick
Now the “new” swings through the curves, and it all blows away like a 1000 year void. No wonder, everything was new then: vehicle class, design, engine, chassis. The interior too.
The driver is no longer sitting on the sofa, but sitting in the middle of the car in front of the dashboard which is clearly arranged and has a perfect view of the outside. Space at the front, at the back, in the trunk: very tidy. Smooth build and some gimmicks pay off.
Up front, the new four-cylinder designed specifically for this car works in a BMW signature tone, a bit nasally. Engineer and racer Alexander von Falkenhausen deliberately designed it to be variable. Supposedly tasked with the development of 1.3 liters, he immediately designed the 1500 and the planned displacement was up to two liters. Therefore, the initial 80 hp was followed by up to 110 hp in production cars in 1963, and then in 2000 even up to 130 hp.
The fact that we are sitting in the top 2000 class today: quite a concession as this BMW only finds itself from time to time. This also applies to the chassis, with some reservations, because after the two-liter engine only hit the market in the 2000 C coupé, it required a firmer chassis tuning with it on the way to the sedan. In addition, there are modifications to the headlights and taillights so as not to underestimate the coupe engine in a regular sedan.
Neutral even though leaning
Caution: Tighter does not mean strict here. Drivers of modern sports sedans must first be confident in the thought that this BMW is an ancestor.
He bent over the bend, going faster, deeper. Not only in Bavaria the streets were often still cobbled in 1962; He swung his joints and waved with great confidence. At the same time, it remains neutral in all tilt positions and can be easily controlled with the large, thin steering wheel. Feedback: a bit pale at first, but in the end just right. A mix of Mercedes Pontoon and Porsche 911 – here it swings through curves.
But of course BMW can’t work miracles either in the years between life and death, where a turnaround is only possible with the help of big investors (left of the box) and where, among other things, production is more rational than with the overly elaborate baroque Angel. very important for survival. That’s why the materials and details don’t seem superfluous, BMW doesn’t have the impression of quality from its two indirect opponents and neither does the model of the next group. It was also more expensive than planned: instead of 8,500 marks, as promised at the IAA, 1500 was on the list price at 9,485 marks.
But who wants to be offended by such a trifle with a rocket? In the end, the path is right: always toward the sun, moon and, yes, the stars.
Specifications and price: BMW 2000
• Inline four cylinder engine. v. longitudinal, overhead camshaft, two valves per cylinder., Solex down downdraft carburetor
• Displacement 1990 cm3
• Output 74 kW (100 hp) at 5500 rpm
• Maximum torque of 157 Nm at 3000 rpm
• Acceleration 0-100 km/h 13.0 sec
• Top speed 168 km/h
• Four-speed drive, manual, rear wheel
• L/B/H 4500/ 1710/1450 mm
• Consumption 13.0 l N / 100 km
• Weight 1150 kg
• Original price (1966) 11,475 marks