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1975 BMW 2002 Turbo - Not All Hiros Wear Capes

Hironori Koga puts a masterful touch on a classic, turbocharged Bimmer

David Ishikawa
Jan 27, 2021

Hironori Koga, owner and builder of this 1975 BMW 2002, is no stranger to Super Street, having been featured on the cover of the February 2017 issue with a 600hp S13. Soon after that feature, he began working on his restomods Bimmer, which he managed to keep a secret until its debut at Wekfest 2019. Among the mix of what you would expect at Wekfest Japan, Hironori's red coupe definitely stood out, earning him the "Best BMW" honors along with "Best European" at a Hot Rod show he attended.

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Unlike other BMW 2002s that have been featured before, Hironori focused a lot of effort on restoring much of the car's original parts under the hood. That makes sense considering only 1,672 Turbo versions were ever produced, so maintaining the original powerplant was a must. The 2002 Turbo's 168 horsepower and 177 lbf ft of torque were substantial numbers in the '70s, and Hironori not only freshened it up with a complete rebuild, but he polished just about every part possible, which took considerable effort considering its 45 years of wear and tear to get through. To highlight all of the work applied to the engine, he painted the bay white to contrast the car's exterior.

Well known for his bodywork skills, Hironori of course had significant plans for the outside of the car, including stretching the wheel arches and adding custom-sized fender flares to each corner, as well as a lower, more pronounced front air dam. The body and frame were taken all the way down to bare metal, properly repaired and smoothed out where needed, and after completely reconditioning the body, the custom red was laid down. Gleaming headlights and a spotless front grill were bolted in place, along with original badging and the result is on par with the style he is known for - subtle and detail oriented.

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A vehicles stance is a high priority for Hironori and just like his S-chassis build, wheel sizing and rear camber is aggressive. In this instance, 15x9.5 -18 Frontline wheels with 225/45 Toyo Proxes R1R are tucked underneath the newly shaped and extended fenders. The ride height might suggest adjustable air suspension but in actuality, this 2002 is static, riding very low on Spirit suspension, soaking up imperfections in the road without issue.

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Often overlooked, the interior was given the same amount of love as the rest of the car. The original seats were recovered in ivory, with the only aftermarket piece being a Nardi steering wheel, which also received the same wrapping. All of the original dials, knobs, and even the clock look brand new and carry original style German labeling - riding shotgun, it almost felt like being transported to both a different time and a different country.

As we drove to the shooting locations, it was clear that this was built for cruising even at the low ride height. The exhaust note is appropriate and still allows you to enjoy the conversation and when there is space, prodding the gas pedal brings a smile to your face. We have seen how people are customizing these older chassis but the level of quality and retention of the small details truly make Hironori's build a stand-out.

By David Ishikawa
78 Articles
1975 BMW 2002 Turbo - Not All Hiros Wear Capes
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Owner: Hironori Koga
Instagram: @makeuphiros
Hometown: Nakama City, Fukuoka, Japan
Occupation: Owner, Makeup Hiro's
Engine Rebuilt: multiple polished components; custom air filter; custom intake arm, radiator and oil caps
Suspension: Spirit coilovers w/adjustable top hats
Wheels & Tires: Frontline 15x9.5 -18, Toyo Proxes R1R 225/45-15
Exterior: Widened arches, custom over fenders and front air dam
Interior:
Reupholstered seats and Nardi Classic steering wheel; M3 shift knob

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