The stunning BMW (E25) Turbo concept was first displayed at the 1972 Paris Motor Show.
Created by Michelotti, it was designed by Paul Bracq primarily as a testbed for future BMW road car technology, but also as a celebration of the Munich Olympics. Technology included innovations such as impact absorbing bumpers, radar distance control and a turbo charged engine (from the BMW 2002). These features are now commonplace, but were a real technological breakthrough back in the early 1970s. The exterior continued the advanced technology theme, with a dramatic wedge shape and gull-wing doors.
While two examples were built, the Turbo was never conceived for production, although it clearly influenced BMW's first (and some say only) true supercar, the M1.