Automotive performance has always been one of the most exciting parts of driving a car. The turbocharged engine was one of the cornerstones of performance in the automotive world, separating itself from the big V8s of the past. The turbo was oftentimes a lot lighter, better on fuel, and outperformed the traditional V8. There have also been turbo-charged V8 engines (and even larger ones as well), changing the way that we drive.
So we looked at the most popular twin turbo and turbocharged cars that were ever built. Some of these cars didn’t fare very well with public perception while others sold amazingly well. The thirst for more performance is something that automakers and consumers always strive to achieve. These were some of the most iconic turbos to ever hit the market, so look back at the most popular turbos below.
BMW 2002 Turbo
Few cars in auto history are more important than the BMW 2002 Turbo. It was one of the original turbo-powered cars that ever hit the market, and it was one of the most important race cars in the world period. Before 2002, BMW wasn’t known as a performance car company. There was a stigma that hung around BMW models, but 2002 changed all that. The car had an impressive run on some of the most iconic racetracks in the world (via Classic Driver).
The BMW 2002 was a modest-looking car and one of the smallest BMWs ever built. But what it did do was leave the blueprint for what a compact performance car should be. The styling and the performance coupled with the excellent turbo engine were enough to make the car a piece of automotive history. Let’s just say that the 2002 Turbo firmly cemented BMW’s reputation as the ultimate driving machine.