When I was a child, I lived in an almost entirely Alfa-centric world. There were Giulias, Berlinas, Alfettas, ’Suds, one after the other from the late 1960s to the mid- 1980s when I left home. There were but few exceptions to this rule –I remember an Escort GT, a Fiat 132 and even a Triumph 2500PI – but these flirtations never lasted. Except one.
It was an orange BMW 2002Tii which turned up during a betwixt-Alfetta interlude. My father was a bit shocked by how good it was: faster than the Alfas and more fun too even if it didn’t quite have the charm. Indeed he was so impressed with it he did the logical thing and chopped it in for a 2002 Turbo. Logical, but wrong. The Turbo was terrible: the first time we met it broke down before reaching the exit of the car park. And that was that: it was back to the slower but always dependable Alfas.
I mention this now because 50 years after the launch of the Tii, BMW is giving its Ti brand one of its far too occasional outings. Indeed, in that half century interlude there have been just two other Tis, both Compact models.