The German automaker, who is proudly celebrating its century of existence this year, has turned its attention to the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, where it’s been acting as patron for years.
Now the automaker has decided to pay homage to one of its legendary models, the 2002 – as the prototype is actually celebrating 50 years since the inception of the 02 Series, being targeted towards fans of the 2002 turbo which became the “first series-produced car anywhere in Europe to come with turbo technology.” There aren’t many cues actually coming directly from the 2002, with the model treated to an overly aggressive “shark nose” front end that has a customized twin kidney grille and a carbon fiber front spoiler. Among the highlights for the front fascia we can also note the red recovery hooks and retro-inspired headlights with golden reflectors – both a nod to the lights of old and the 2002 “gold” anniversary. There are also prominent wheel arches that harkens back to the 2002 turbo issues of the homologated version – in need of larger fenders to make room for the extended track.
Among the styling amenities we came buy we can include the sporty side skirts, hidden door handles, shoulderline carbon fiber band, retro-inspired LED taillights, an integrated rear spoiler, and a carbon fiber diffuser which is treated to a four-tailpipe exhaust system. The exterior is neatly wrapped in matte and high-gloss Space Race Metal paint job and the 20-inch light-alloy wheels complete the stunning looks. Of course, behind the wheels sits a high-performance braking system complete with gold-tinted calipers. BMW opted out of revealing what powers the 2002 Hommage concept – but we can rest assured it’s a turbocharged engine.