Put simply, the need for downsized engines – and increased fuel efficiency & emissions – is the real reason behind the culture shift. But it wasn’t that long ago when turbocharging actually meant performance-enhancing rather than emission-friendly. Our favourite example? The BMW 2002 Turbo.
Big bumpers, multi-colour vinyl and ‘Turbo’ badges strung across the bodywork. The BMW 2002 Turbo wasn’t just the first forced-induction car from Munich; it was the first boosted German production car full stop. Based on the 2002 model launched in the late 60s, BMW lance the big-boy Turbo five years later (1973) with a healthy 170bhp thanks to its KKK-equipped M10 motor. Naturally that jump of power meant the 2002 Turbo also received bigger brakes, an LSD and additional cooling throughout.