Why You Will Applaud This New BMW Performance Coupe
The BMW 2002 Hommage looks a lot like the new M2 Coupe. It makes its first public appearance at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Does it point to a golden age of performance cars that are gone forever, or is the golden age here now? If you are a performance enthusiast you will applaud this sports car even though it won’t make it to production.
In its centenary year, BMW will be showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the hit of the show could be the BMW 2002 Hommage. It pays tribute to a golden age when the BMW 2002 was a big deal. Many point to the 2002 turbo of 1973 as the car that started BMW on a quest to build a small performance coupe that would revolutionize the segment. And it did. But there’s more to come.
The 1976 2002 was rated at 100hp but it defined a new performance era for BMW. Today's most comparable model is the BMW 2 Series, and this vehicle is available with as much as 320hp. The new M2 Coupe comes with 370hp and carves up corners like few performance cars can. BMW continues to produce a small coupe that keeps performance enthusiasts coming back for more.
The golden age of performance cars is here now
Frank Derks, manager at EuroSportTuning.com says, "Many people argue that the 60s and 70s were the golden age of BMW, and they point to the 2002 as proof. While I love the 2002, and understand the sentiment, I wonder if we aren't living in BMW's golden age right now.”
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BMW will bring the 2002 Homage to the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed to show what the future looks like for performance enthusiasts. The BMW M2 is a good example of what the present looks like. BMW says, “Taking its inspiration from the original 2002 turbo of 1973, the 2002 Hommage offers an inspiring tribute to this turbocharging pioneer, re-imagined as a design study for the 21st century.” The golden age of performance is now. There’s more to come from BMW. The BMW 2002 Hommage won’t ever make it to production, but it will spawn exciting new performance cars like the M2 in the future. Look for it at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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