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The BMW 2000 was a coupe version of the automaker’s New Class (Neue Klasse) groundbreaking model range that was launched in addition to their already existing sedans. There were the 2000 C and 2000 CS modifications. Both of them were produced between 1965 and 1969. An additional carburettor as well as extra 20 horsepower are what stands behind the ‘S’ in the name.
The BMW 2000 C and 2000 CS were designed by Wilhelm Hofmeister and constructed by Karmann, an automobile manufacturing company, in Osnabrück, Germany. Nearly 14,000 units were built overall, 1,000 of which are still in running condition presumably.
The BMW 2000 C and 2000 CS models as a part of the New Class line-up were a turning point in the automaker’s history. Stylish design, state-of-the-art technologies, and more powerful engines in combination with the German scrupulous assembly didn’t leave the car another choice except for making the manufacturer renowned not just in their homeland but also abroad.
The BMW 2000 C and 2000 CS, having weighed about 2,600 lb, were impossible not to notice on the road. Their front end featured the so-called shark nose while the Italian styling dominated at the rear. A chrome line at the top set off the cars’ front. Chrome elements also edged two sets of double headlights each behind a single glass. Of course, the autos had BMW’s famous ‘kidney’ grille there, too. Note that the BMW 3 and 5 Series of the ‘90s adopted the same design idea.
Yes, the BMW 2000 C and 2000 CS were immediately recognizable in a stream of traffic, however, not always in a good sense. Many people considered it unappealing and weird.
Comfort & Interior
For a car exploiting just a 100-inch wheelbase, somewhat restricted legroom at the back is expected and even justifiable. The seats the BMW 2000 C and 2000 CS offered must have been heavenly comfortable back in the ‘60s. However, if to draw a parallel between them and the ones modern autos provide (that’s impossible to avoid), it’s like comparing apples and oranges. People must have hardly avoided tiredness and backache after a long journey by the BMW 2000 C or 2000 CS.
It didn’t take a driver long to find a perfect position in these cars even if to take into consideration that the steering wheel should have been installed somewhat lower. But they encountered other issues – the non-parallel pedals positioned too high and windscreen wipers that proved unequal to their task.
In 1969, the BMW 2000 C and 2000 CS got refreshed interior. A three-spoke wheel together with a new dashboard was introduced. Besides, a heating system was improved. It was considered to be twice as effective as the one offered on the previously produced models having added air vents for a driver and front-seat passenger.
The BMW 2000 C and 2000 CS were both two-door rear-wheel-drive coupes powered by naturally aspirated gasoline engines of 1,990 cu cm displacements.
The BMW 2000 C model’s engine exploited one carburettor and generated 100 hp that was an impressive figure at the time. With the 107 mph top speed, it accelerated to 60 mph in 11.3 seconds. Its fuel consumption rate was 11.6 l/100 km. In addition to a four-speed manual transmission that came as standard on both models, the BMW 2000 C could be paired with an automatic one.
An engine of the BMW 2000 CS used two carburettors and produced 120 hp. Having been able to speed up to 115 mph at most, the engine reached 60 mph in 10.4 seconds. The fuel consumption rate was 13.8 l/100 km. This engine could be teamed up with a manual gearbox only.
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