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Just wanted to know what the function of the flares on the turbo were. Were they purely aesthetic or more for function? Are the wheels on the turbo that much wider or is the offset just different? Just wondering?

Cristian

Edmonds WA

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Probably both. Though I've never read anything referring to the 2002 Turbo in specific, we can extrapolate: the chrome wheel arches that were applied to the 3.0CSL in 1972 served the purpose of widening the fenders enough to meet TUV (German DOT/NHTSA) regulations due to the CSL's wider (7x14 Alpina) wheels. Wheel/tires were not allowed to extend beyond the bodywork. That much is documented by BMW. Since the 2002 Turbo came with 6" wide wheels, its flares may have been a very enthusiastic response to the same law.

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were to look underneath 'em, you'd see the factory cut away the lips on both front and rear fender openings (with tinsnips, it seems!).

Reason: to clear the standard 5.5j x 13 wheels (standard '02s came with 4.5 or 5" rims, depending on year and model) or the optional Turbo only 6" alloy rims. Standard fenders wouldn't clear these wheels, even tho they had the correct offset (the steel wheels look like 320 wheels, but with a different offset).

And...the flares look cool and mean!

mike

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were built, but I'd bet that the flares also figured into eligibility for some racing series - most times, sanctioning organizations require that some minimum number of identical models be built before they'll approve a "production" design for a specific race series, so the turbos probably got the wide flares to cover race rubber.

Probably one of the best examples is Porsche's manufacture of the initial run of 917K's - there's a well-circulated photo of something like a dozen identical 917's lined up in a row outside Porsche's factory for inspection - probably by the FIA.

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Probably both.

As others have mentioned it's fuctional,

But to accomodate wider rimes they could have done it like the Alpina flares

or like the e30 m3 flares.

I think it was part of the complete package of aggressive styling

which includes the backwards 2002 turbo lettering on the air dam that early ones had.

-o2cabrio

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