The BMW New Class was a line of both compact sedans as well as coupes which were manufactured between 1962 and 1977. The development of this vehicle helped the carmaker out immensely after it had just gone going through a financial crisis of sorts in the 1950s, establishing their brand and creating a reputation for producing quality sports sedans. This new class consisted of 1.5 2-liter vehicles which the public had not seen from company in a long time. In 1962 the New Class started with the 1500, and it was a new vehicle with a brand new engine.
The 1500 as well as all New Class cars that came after it, featured a completely independent suspension, a unit body, front disc brakes, a front-mounted four-cylinder M10 engine, and semi-training arms at the rear. At first the New Class only consisted of four-door sedans, but it was quickly expanded to include others, including the 2000C and 2000CS, which were two-door coupes that came out in 1965. The 1600-2 had its name changed to simply the 1602 and was added to the 02 Series 1600 and 2002. The 02 Series used the same suspension and engine as the original 4-door design, but with a significantly lighter two-door body unit.
When the New Class vehicles from BMW started to get replaced by new ones, including the 2000C and 2000CS models which used a six-cylinder BMW E9, which was also used on the 2800CS that came out in 1969. All of the four-door sedans in the New Class were quickly replaced by the much larger BMW5 Series in 1972, and the 02 Series was also replaced by the BMW 3 Series three years later.
In 1966 there was a two-door sedan developed on the 4-door New Class platform. This sedan was initially meant to be an entry-level BMW, only with a lower price tag and smaller. Wilhelm Hofmeister, who was BMW’s design director at the time, assigned the two-door project to Manfred Rennen and Georg Bertram. The result was a shorter wheelbase and length as well as a much lighter design, turning it into a a member of the New Class that most definitely had sporting applications.
The BMW 2002 has a ride that isn’t always smooth, but it does handle extremely well, which was one of its initial selling points. Those who find themselves on roads with slightly rougher terrain definitely might have some issues. There is simply no doubt that the BMW 2002 is one of this carmaker’s most popular vehicles ever and its production effectively restored faith in shareholders, helping it to continue on down the successful path it is still traveling today. Had it not been for the 2002, it is unlikely that BMW would have the kind of reputation it currently does for producing high quality sports vehicles.
There was a two-liter version of the 1600-2 produced as the result of an American importer named Max Hoffman requesting a sporty vehicle that could be successfully and easily sold in the U.S. 1900 cc engine became available in 1968 with two different tune options, including the base single-carburetor 2002 which was capable of producing 100 bhp and 101 PS as well as the 2000C which used the dual-carburetor high compression 2002 ti which produced a total of 120 bhp and 122 PS. These vehicles and engines were truly revolutionary at the time and made the way for many more after them in the decades to come. When it comes right down to it, the BMW 2002 is part of a very important history with BMW and has helped them to earn the reputation they have today.