BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage evokes classic 1970s Bimmer design
BMW enjoys taking advantage of the annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este as an opportunity to re-imagine some of company’s vintage shapes in modern ways with concepts like the M1 Hommage, 328 Hommage, Concept 90 motorcycle, and even last year’s Mini Superleggera. This year’s event on the shores of Lake Como is no different, and the Bavarian brand is celebrating one of its great sports coupes from the 1970s with the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage.
Bathed in a shade called Golf Yellow that perfectly evokes the era of the original, the Hommage’s design seems to incorporate a few cues from the current 6 Series into the classic look of the 3.0 CSL. However, the front end is actually a little ungainly to our eyes due to the massive grille, and the fenders that fold up over the hood. The laser headlights are a great touch because their X-shaped centers are inspired by old racecars.
The design improves significantly in profile and really starts to show the inspiration from the original 3.0 CSL. This concept has some beautiful rear haunches, and the big, creased fenders lead the eye to the massive rear wing. The back end also maintains much of the vintage design, including the roof spoiler, but the shape gets modern touches. So while the source of this inspiration was a bit angular, the lines have been gently curved for the Hommage.
Of course, a CSL must be lightweight, as signified by the last letter in its name. Where the original uses aluminum and Plexiglas to shed pounds, the Hommage uses carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic parts throughout the body.
The interior is also made from CFRP, and occupants sit in quilted racing buckets. An especially cool touch is the V-shaped cross-member at the back that evokes the look of a roll cage, while being a bit more artistic.
The only indication that BMW is giving about the 3.0 CSL Hommage’s powertrain is that it uses an inline six with eBoost, but as a concept the engine doesn’t really matter, anyway.
Thanks to Chris Bruce and autoblog.com for the news!