BMW took the world by surprise with the unveil of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage at the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza. “Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how proud we are of our heritage, but also how important the past can be in determining our future,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
Yesterday we brought you exclusive photos of the 3.0 CSL Hommage and now we have a new set of high-resolution photos showing the car from multiple angles.
The Hommage Concept stands out with its muscular front end and upright grille are reminiscent to the original CSL and its muscular racing design. There are ‘X’s designed into the twin-circle headlights, to evoke memories of the stickered ‘X’s on the headlights of long distance racing cars of yore. The size of the kidney grille is what bothered everyone after seeing the car, but we believe this is a design exercise to emphasize a future design language where the front-end of the cars becomes more massive — just not as massive as this one.
Here is how our own Nico DeMattia described the front and rear-end design:
From the front end, a continuous horizontal line runs the sides of the car. In profile, this line is seen across the entire length of the long wheelbase, giving the car a long, low and sleek look. Dark CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) sideskirts lend a visual gap between the bright yellow color of the bodywork and the pavement below. While the low hood and roofline, combined with the massive 21” wheels give the CSL Hommage a very low looking stance. You’ll also notice the side-mounted exhaust pipes mounted just in front of the rear wheels. The CSL Hommage even has BMW Roundels mounted at the base of the C Pillars, a throwback to the same design on the original CSL.
The rear end is where the CSL Hommage really comes alive, as the aerodynamic rear fenders form upward to create a rear wing between the both of them. An LED light bar runs the length of the wing down into the rear of the car and is a stunning piece of design. At the bottom, a CFRP rear diffuser lends a racing look to the rear of the Hommage. From above, the CSL Hommage shows off its curves, and you can clearly see how the car forms a ‘V’ at both front and rear ends.
The interior of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage puts its lightweight design on show and renders its racing character elegantly tangible. All interior elements are there out of absolute necessity, every part has a high-quality design, structural or drive-related function. In the all-CFRP interior, the only wood-like presence is the “instrument panel” – a cross-member and purely structural element.
This is a clear reference to the interior of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL, which featured an all-round wood trim throughout the interior. In the new version, only the small central eBoost charging display interrupts the wooden instrument panel. Infotainment is equally minimalist in concept: a central display on the steering column informs the driver of the current gear, speed, revs and shift point.
Other racing features include bucket seats with high-quality stitching, a six-point belt and red anodised safety features such as the outlet nozzles for the extinguishing foam, the fire extinguisher itself, and the two switches on the centre console for the emergency shut-off and fire extinguishing mechanism.
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