1982 BMW 323i Baur

1982 BMW 323i Baur
Memorial Day 2010 First Drive 1982 323i BMW Baur Lapisblau M20 5 speed #4154 of 4595 made. The car was imported to California by Dietel Enterprises. I have since changed the wheels, installed the clear turn signal lenses, and I am in the process of installing a new cabriolet roof. I have to do something about those bumpers, too. :) I love this car! To see one of the reasons why, check my post "Score One For the Good Guys" on 6/26/2011.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

1972 E25 BMW TURBO Prototype

I came across this the other day, and it was new to me.  I  thought some of you may enjoy learning about it.  I believe those are the only two E25 Turbo Prototypes ever built.

So what is it doing here in Baurspotting?  Well, it has certain styling cues that remind me of the M1 and even the 850. And you may recall that most of the M1s were built by Baur, based on a design by Giugiaro, after Lamborghini was financially unable to complete it.  

Here is a pic of the M1 for comparison:
See what I mean?

BMW Turbo

The E25 BMW TURBO prototype was built as a celebration for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. (See below for another car BMW introduced for the 1972 Olympics!  Hint:  it didn't use gasoline.) For this occasion, renowned designer Paul Bracq created an innovative design for a BMW automobile, the BMW Turbo. The car had a 1,990cc BMW 4 cylinder engine, with a Turbo fitted. The car weighed just 980kg and featured gullwing doors and an ergonomically considered interior. Safety was another consideration in it's design, with an integrated passenger rollcage, crash safe deformable structures front and rear of the car and a collapsable steering column, thanks to 3 universal joints. The BMW Turbo was built by Michelotti in Turin and only 2 cars were ever built.
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1972 BMW Turbo Prototype E25 series
Body type fixed-head coupé
Number of doors 2
Designer Paul Bracq
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2400 mm 94.5 in
Front track 1550 mm 61 in
Rear track 1530 mm 60.2 in
Length 4144 mm 163.1 in
Width 1880 mm 74 in
Height 1100 mm 43.3 in
length:wheelbase ratio 1.73
Ground clearance
Kerb weight 980 kg 2161 lb
Weight distribution
Fuel tank capacity
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Number of cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 2 litre
1991 cc
(121.498 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 89 mm × 80 mm
3.5 in × 3.15 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.11
Valve gear SOHC
2 valves per cylinder
8 Total valves
max power 279.8 PS (276 bhp) (205.8 kW)
Specific output 138.6 bhp/litre
2.27 bhp/cu in
max torque 238 Nm (176 ft·lb) (24.3 kgm)
Specific torque 119.54 Nm/litre
Engine construction
sump Wet sumped
compression ratio 6.8:1
Fuel system Kugelfischer fuel injection
brake mean effective pressure 1502.2 kPa (217.9 psi)
Maximum RPM
Number of crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Cylinder volume 497.75
Aspiration Turbo
Intercooler N
Catalyser N
0-100km/h 6.60 s
0-100mph 15.70 s
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 250 km/h (155 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 281.63 bhp/ton
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
Engine position mid
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Steering rack & pinion
Number of turns lock-to-lock
Turining circle
Front suspension I.MS.TB.
Rear suspension
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diamteter
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio
Final drive ratio
Carfolio.com ID 96294
Number made 2
Model code
Model family E25
RAC rating 19.6
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available

Here is an other car that BMW introduced especially for the 1972 Olympics in Munich:

Electric Drive BMW in 1972!
Advertisement poster "Schrittmacher" BMW 1602 with electric drive at the Olympic Games 1972 

For more about electric BMWs over the years, check this out:

NOTE:  If you liked this prototype, you may also like this one:

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