A new decade had dawned and the now enormously respected Bavarian automobile manufacturer BMW had left the 1960s behind. Though not entirely, as the New Class sedans which had been such a boon for BMW would enjoy continued production for a while longer yet. Bridging the decades together was the 1970 BMW 2000 Sedan, the newest in a model line which had entered production in the latter half of the 1960s and was effectively the standard bearer for Neue Klasse excellence by this point. A major turning point for BMW, the 2000 series blended sophistication, safety, and performance into one model, all while keeping the core New Class tenets and aesthetics firmly intact. In the present, consumers tend to view BMWs as an ingenious balance of upscale refinement and racing performance. And though the concept might seem incongruous to the uninitiated, it is well known to BMW aficionados and owes its being to the 1970 BMW 2000 Sedan (and its earlier/later equivalents).
If the high visibility window arrangement, sturdy construction, and instantly recognizable chassis were the face and body of the New Class sedans, the M10 SOHC motor was its heartperhaps even its DNA. A highly configurable engine with innumerable variants throughout its lengthy production timeframe, the M10 was reshaped as a 1990 cc powerhouse for the 2000 series. The 1970 BMW 2000 Sedan housed the M05 variant of the M10 and surpassed 100 horsepower with its 75 kW, overhead camshaft design. Modern drivers will find the strength of the 2000s acceleration fairly familiar, as the model has a good deal of muscle beneath its hood. Take one for a test drive with a reputable dealer (see below) and step into an era regarded as a BMW renaissance of sorts.
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