When it comes to cars, just like a lot of other things in life, our expectations and reality aren’t always entirely copacetic. Take the original BMW 2002 Turbo. There is no denying it was a ground-breaking -even revolutionary- car for its maker. Like the legendary Porsche 930 Turbo from the same era, the 2002 Turbo helped legitimize the use of forced induction for increasing horsepower and torque. Turbocharging has practically become the rule rather than the exception for modern cars, providing more performance and superior fuel economy
The first time BMW affixed the letters “CSL” to one of its creations was in 1973. That first CSL was an homologation special based on the beautiful E9 coupe, only instead of a heavy steel body, the car’s gorgeous styling was reproduced in lightweight aluminum. Less weight meant more speed, especially when paired with a potent 206-hp M30 straight-6. The original CSL (Coupe Sport Lightweight) was fast, stunning to look at and one of the most desirable cars on the road.