BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept bows

By Bob Nagy on May 22, 2015 6:43 AM

Paying tribute to one of the automaker's most iconic Coupe models from the 1970's, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage will debuted at the 2015 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Cernobbio, Italy. Crafted by the BMW Design Team with inspiration from that stylish, lightweight overachiever, the 3.0 CSL Hommage promises to match aggressive cues with a variety of advanced lightweight materials. BMW says the concept is designed to make a bold statement with sculpted bodywork framed by "striking air deflectors, powerful wheel arches and a prominent roof and rear spoiler."

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The light-makes-right philosophy that permeated the original 1971-75 3.0 CSL - which enjoyed as much success at the track as it did on the street -- also is part of the cabin treatment found in this modern Hommage. Despite "technical supremacy and formal sophistication," BMW describes its character as "rigorously pared-down," and claims that all elements are essential to either the vehicle's structure or its driving experience.

Aerodynamics key to design

The long nose, short rear deck design is contrasted by aerodynamic devices including deflectors and spoilers along with a muscular stance imparted by the wheel arches and strong character lines. The nose of the vehicle prominently features a more upright variant of BMW's traditional kidney shaped grille flanked by LED and laser light technology. A stylish X inside the lights recalls the X-strips of tape used to cover headlamps of long distance racers.

At the rear, more LED lights, large rear wing and massive aerodynamic diffuser adds to the impression of a serious sporting machine. True to the tradition of the 3.0 CSL, the C-pillar includes the distinctive Hofmeister kink in the quarter window shape.

Spartan interior

True to its racing heritage, the 3.0 CSL Hommage has a cabin crafted completely out of carbon fiber, the only wood-like presence is the instrument panel, which is also used as a cross-member structural element. The leather-clad bucket seats feature high quality stitching and six-point safety belts. The cabin has a fire extinguisher, DTM-style pull straps on the doors and aluminum accents at the junction of individual structural elements. Two racing helmets are integrated into the transmission tunnel and held in place with a leather belt when not in use.

Karim Habib, head of BMW Design said the "the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage celebrates many of those characteristic features [of the original] 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. Its combination of racing genes and elegance generates an engaging aesthetic that continues to win hearts even today."

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