Video: 1972 BMW 2002 embarrasses new M4 CSL at the Nürburgring

06th December 2023
Ethan Jupp

Two marques are synonymous with taking on the Nürburgring as a paying punter: Porsche and BMW. The performance of the sportscars of the former goes without saying but it’s the hopped-up saloons of the latter that at almost every turn, against almost every rival, clean house dynamically. The years of motorsport provenance and reputation building mean the BMW M of the last decade has seldom been able to afford a dud. That story began with the 3.0 CSL of course but also with cars like this: the 2002 Ti.

Hailing from the same year as the original BMW M machines, the 2002 Ti represents BMW motorsport pre-M, with the Ti badge standing for Turismo Internazionale. Here, we ride on board in BMW’s original sports saloon as it tackles the Nordschleife at full pace. It’s a 1972 car thats obviously been looked after and prepared beautifully, being driven at such a pace that it can humble much newer machinery – even the latest M4 CSL – as it makes its way around the Green Hell.

“In this day and age there are faster cars out there that's for sure,” the driver Carlo Nuhn says in the video description.

“But to drive at speeds like this going full hardcore analogue brings the biggest smile on my face. No power steering, no ABS, no traction control. Nothing."

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