Going to SEMA to find an all-original classic is like going to the Avignon Motor Festival to find a chrome-plated 428i with 22-inch alloys. Surprisingly, BMW has bucked the tuner trend and is displaying a flawless 1973 2002 tii in a corner of its booth.
An original U.S.-spec model, the 2002 was brought out of storage to show SEMA attendees where BMW’s current lineup of coupes and sports sedans traces its roots to. The 2002 tii packed a fuel-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that was tuned to produce 130 horsepower at 5,800 rpms and 145 lb-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpms, a generous amount of power in a car that tipped the scale at just 2,225 pounds. Both a four-speed and a five-speed manual transmission were offered during the tii’s production run.
In addition to more grunt, the tii stood out from the standard 2002 thanks to bigger brakes on all four corners and standard 13-inch alloy wheels.
BMW built 38,703 examples of the 2002 tii between 1971 and 1975.