BMW 2000C/CS coupés
|1965 to 1969|
|Assembly||by Karmann at Osnabrück|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupé|
|Platform||BMW New Class|
|Related||BMW New Class |
|Engine||2.0 L OHC I4 |
2000C: single carburettor, 100 hp (75 kW) at 5,500 rpm
2000CS: two carburettors, 120 hp (89 kW) at 5,500 rpm
|Transmission||4 speed manual |
3 speed automatic (available on 2000C only)
|Wheelbase||2,550 mm (100 in)|
|Length||4,530 mm (178 in)|
|Width||1,675 mm (65.9 in)|
|Height||1,360 mm (54 in)|
In 1965, BMW ended production of their Bertone-bodied 3200 CS coupé, the last of their line of V8 powered luxury cars from the 1950s. BMW decided to continue with a coachbuilt coupé, which they would use to introduce the two litre version of the M10 engine. The New Class coupé was built by Karmann and released in the summer of 1965. The styling of the coupé was based on that of the 3200 CS, but had unique front end styling that has been described on one hand as "a blunt, unattractive front end", and on another as "imposing" and "rather tidier than the Bertone body's fussy nose."
The two litre version of the M10 engine had a 89 mm (3.5 in) bore and a 80 mm (3.1 in) stroke, resulting in a displacement of 1,990 cc. Two states of tune were used in the coupé: the 2000 C used a single carburetor system that delivered 100 hp (75 kW) at 5,500 revolutions per minute, while the 2000 CS used a dual-carburetor system that delivered 120 hp (89 kW) at the same engine speed. The 2000 C was available with either manual or automatic transmission while the 2000 CS was available only with a manual gearbox.
The 2000 C and 2000 CS coupes were sold until late 1968. They were replaced by the BMW E9 coupes, which were developed from them and from the "New Six" E3 sedan.