The New BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Unveiled

Lots of manufacturers find their inspiration in the past, but BMW overcame expectations creating the 3.0 CSL Hommage to pay tribute to 70s ‘Batmobile’.

Photo: BMW

Photo: BMW

On May 22, at the annual Concorso d’Eleganza at Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on the shoreline of Lake Como in Italy, the BMW Design Team unveiled the car that was created to celebrate the iconic 3.0 ‘Coupé Sport Leichtbau’ from the ’70s – the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage.

“The Hommage draws on the character of the earlier model and endows it with cutting-edge materials to translate it into the present in a new and exciting guise,” BMW has said previously in a brief statement.

The original 3.0 CSL shed some 200kg over the 3.0 CS. In fact, in the 1970s,  it was a great accomplishment. Actually, the 3.0 CSL Hommage concept isn’t based on an existing car and supposedly, has been created from scratch.

“The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage represents a nod to the engineering achievement exemplified by the BMW 3.0 CSL in its lightweight design and performance. With intelligent lightweight construction and modern materials, the 3.0 CSL Hommage brings the character of that earlier model into the 21st century, showing it in a new and exciting guise.”

Whereas the original CSL used plenty of aluminum to keep its weight down, its modern-day sibling’s material of choice is carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is visible on the car both inside and out, says Car Scoops.

As for the car’s styling, Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, said: “For BMW designers like us, the BMW 3.0 CSL is a style icon. Its combination of racing genes and elegance generates an engaging aesthetic that continues to win hearts even today. The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage celebrates many of those characteristic features, but without copying them. Indeed, some of the parallels are not immediately obvious. We wanted people to sense the family resemblance rather than see it straight off”.

Today, the 3.0 CSL Hommage is just a concept, but surely, lots would love to see this car in production in the future.

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