BMW Hommage: models launched so far – some little history
In case you haven’t paid close attention to BMW for the past few years, the brand does this cool and original thing of launching from time to time unique models that pay tribute to a number of BMW’s best models out there. And if you step out of your cave, and into our mancave, you can check out below what beauties BMW released so far.
BMW M1 Hommage
The model displayed a mix of retro elements with new modern ones and a wide body style. Just like the M1 prototype back in 1972, the BMW M Hommage had the brand badge placement, the metallic bronze paint and a louvered rear window.
The BMW designers did a good job with the side mirrors, wheels, front grille and bumper, which had been unseen on a BMW model up to that moment. While the fans were looking for the perfect BMW supercar, this one was as close as it could get. The model remained non-functional though, lacking an engine and an interior, having only working lights and steering.
In turned out in the end that BMW was using the Hommage Concept to test its styling success for the then upcoming i8. Everyone can see now that the i8 is very similar to the Hommage Concept, with squinty headlights, a short rear deck and the gap between the C-Pillad and the rear fender.
Anyhow, BMW’s Hommage Concept became one of the brand’s most beautiful models and led to the birth of the i8 models. The i8 is quite different from what we were expecting after the M1 Hommage reveal. Without being the mid-engined supercar fans were hoping for, it represented the spiritual successor to the M1. And even if the M1 Hommage Concept did not become another super M1 model, maybe BMW produced something better.
You can see the car at the BMW Museum in Munich if you’re interested in a BMW face-to-face & you can also check it out below, placed next to the original M1 and the 1972 Turbo Concept.
BMW 328 Hommage
As the BMW 328 is thought to be one of the best looking cars of the 1930s, BMW could not neglect this particular model and decided to produce a tribute to it.
The German carmaker honored the 1930s sports car with an exciting new show car called the BMW 328 Hommage, which was fitted with modern technology and design cues reminiscent of the classic built 75 years ago.
The BMW 328 Hommage Concept was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy and it was either a breathtaking tribute to an automotive styling icon or a caricature of a dead beaver. And we were there to witness it!
Under the hood of the car we could find a three liter, six-cylinder engine, the body of the model made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and the model tips the scale at 780 kilos or 1,720 lbs.
The BMW 328 Hommage has fine leather, matte and high-gloss black polished aluminum and an obvious hint of the motor sports career that the BMW 328 had. The car has a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, circular headlamps and it lacks doors. Yes, that was a unique touch to this model that the BMW designers decided to add, scratch that, to take away.
This luxurious model was launched in 2011 by BMW to celebrate the car’s 75th birthday, and it was definitely something that caught our eye.
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage
This year, BMW released a concept car to honor its classic 1970s coupe. The impressive one-off vehicle put together by BMW became the star of a world video debut, which was shot during the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este – one of the most exclusive automotive events, an elegance competition for some of the best classic and vintage cars built between 1920 and 1970.
The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage has been designed to pay tribute to the iconic 3.0 CSL, better known as the Batmobile, and it is getting an aggressive front fascia, a prominent twin kidney grille flanked by the laser LED headlights and a front splitter made from carbon fiber. With a big rear spoiler and a molded body kit look, the car has a lovely futuristic cockpit.
The vehicle also comes with the carbon fiber side skirts, muscular fenders, small rearview cameras replacing the conventional mirrors, roof spoilers, a CFRP diffuser, LED taillights and a set of 21-inch alloy wheels.
The interior design of the car has the minimalist instrument cluster, the six-point harness, lightweight sport seats with contrast stitching, alloy pedals, unique steering wheel, an integrated fire extinguishing system, a carbon fiber roll cage and several other goodies. BMW hasn’t released any performance specifications on the concept car but under its hood we do know that a six-cylinder inline engine can be found.
Unfortunately for all the car lovers out there, as expected, it will never hit production. The good news is you might still find some CSL models on the market from the 70s, but you will have to pay for one model an approximate sum of €250,000.
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R Concept
The newest addition to the BMW tribute cars is the brand new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R Concept. While at first the sportscar had only shown its face over the web, it has faced its fans the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last weekend.
The new car is paying tribute to BMW’s legendary 3.0 CSL race car from the 1970s and BMW’s 40th anniversary in the U.S. with a Brilliant White exterior design, a revised front grille, 21-inch lightweight alloy wheels to die for and the BMW M racing stripes.
The interior design of the car hasn’t been left aside either as this is now coming with carbon fiber seats wrapped in white leather upholstery, six-point safety harnesses, a carbon fiber roll cage, eBoost charging indicator, wood trim with illuminated sections, a fire extinguishing system, a steering column mounted display, an emergency shut-off switch and several other goodies.
BMW has also created a unique helmet with a visor which is acting as a head-up display, showing the engine revs, the car’s speed and which gear engaged, along with a unique racing suit with illuminated piping lighting up to show the “progress of information”.
If you were hoping to find out some performance details on the topic, you will be disappointed because BMW hasn’t released any. The 3.0 CSL Hommage R, which features a riff on the colors worn by Brian Redman’s Sebring-winning ’75 CSL, showed its face last weekend and made a good impression for the race cars fans out there.
What do you think the next BMW Hommage model will be? Let us know in the comments section below.
By Gabriela Florea