Things I’d change about the CSL Hommage

Concepts | May 23rd, 2015 by 13
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These are just some things I’d like to change about the design of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. What would you change?

The automotive world is still buzzing a bit from BMW’s reveal of the 3.0 CSL Hommage. This Hommage could possibly be BMW’s most polarizing yet, generating gobs of attention, both good and bad. I’ve seen many readers comment on how beautiful and striking it is, and also on how hideous they think it is. It’s understandable, the mixed feelings. Concept cars often generate such feelings, as they try to push the boundaries of design and that’s never universally understood.

I’m of the side of beautiful and striking, when it comes to the 3.0 CSL Hommage. I really do love it. Admittedly, the front end is a bit busy looking to me, but the rest of the car is just so…right. It takes looking at it from all angles to truly appreciate it. In profile, it looks superb and is instantly recognizable as a Hommage to the original 3.0 CSL. But also from above, it looks gorgeous and perfectly balanced.

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But I can tell that not everyone agrees with me, and that’s perfectly fine. Concept cars are so often met with criticisms. But it isn’t fair for anyone to criticize without having an alternative solution. The designers work tirelessly to come up with something groundbreaking, and these are some of the best designers in the business, so it isn’t fair to blindly criticize their work. And even people who genuinely like it, overall, can find some things we’d change about it. And since I think that there are a lot more people who would change things than leave them be, I’m going to list some of the things that I would do differently and then you, the reader, can join in.

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3. The Rear End – Now I like the rear end a lot (on the car, get your mind out of the gutter), the way the rear fenders form upward to make the wing is pure genius. But aside from that, the rear, as a whole, is a bit plain. When compared to the blindingly aggressive front end, the rear seems a bit too tame. Some added flair might have gone a long way in keeping the excitement going throughout the car.

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2. The Color – While the Golf Yellow color is gorgeous, I think painting it white and giving it the racing livery of the original race car would have been better. The entire point of this car is to make it a Hommage to the racer, that’s why it has ‘X’s in the headlights, has side-mounted exhaust pipes and is completely stripped out on the inside. So it just seems to me like painting it in the same livery as the breathtaking original that I saw at the NYIAS would have been a better move. Or at least in this white paint job.


1. The Grilles – The front end in unanimously everyone’s most hated part of this Hommage. I don’t really have a problem with any of it, except for the grilles. I love how BMW brought back the sharknose style of them, and think that looks excellent.

However, the grilles seem far to large. They should be as tall as they are, but they should be skinnier, to resemble the original a bit more. That was such an iconic point of design on the original 3.0 CS and CSL cars that it seems odd to me that BMW would omit it. I think if BMW made the grilles about 30 percent skinnier, which would still give the front end a powerful image, it would pay more tribute to one of BMW’s most iconic racers. And I think more people would like it.

So those are my grievances. Admittedly, I’m just some guy who writes about BMWs on the Internet, so what the hell do I know about car design? However, these are just some things I’d like to change. What would you change?

13 responses to “Things I’d change about the CSL Hommage”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    The grills are way too big yeah they should more ressemble the one on the CSL and be a bit less large. The Rear is meh i’d make it a bit less big as well and more angular. More Lamborgini-ish. Oh and the color… I’d put it Frozen Dark Silver Metallic for the modern touch of the color, but still grey.

  2. Giom says:

    With millions of passionate BMW fans around the world, each with his own likes and dislikes, how can one design EVER please everyone? This seems to be a fact missed by most of them. Instead of looking at it for what it is, everyone suddenly turns car designer extraordinaire.

    This is just the human race, we can’t change it, but it is a pity. This article by Nico is a good example of how opinion can be constructive. Using words like ugly and “the designer should be fired” (actually saw this comment), shows extreme ignorance on the commentators part.

    A design should really not have to be explained – especially when it’s a design study. It should be appreciated like a painting by a famous artist. Oh well, this will never happen, so fire away…

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  4. Kommodore says:

    I think if the grills were black, it’d be a lot better. What puts me off is the black lip at the bottom. Gives the car a very odd underbite look to me.

  5. CDspeed says:

    Even their original 1930’s style grill would have been better.

  6. devonair says:

    It’s crazy how much the color affects my view on this. Upon first look at the photos, I was completely turned off. But that mock-up in white looks sexy as hell. Then again, that’s just a hideous color, in general…

  7. Steven Haas says:

    How about everything. It’s freaking hideous.

  8. Giom says:

    The more I look at these photos, the more I fall in love. I havn’t felt this good about any BMW design in ages. Public reaction is SO disappointing!

  9. Lindsay Wood Davis says:

    No, no no. Please stop trying to fix this inexcusably ugly design disaster. “Lipstick on a pig” is appropriate commentary here. No more proof is needed than the juxtaposition of a real 3.0 CSL with this horror. BMW lost the string a dozen years ago; they now produce Ultimate Driving Machines only as long as you are blind.

    • Giom says:

      I respectfully disagree. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and just because you find it ugly doesn’t mean that it is. To you, sure. But to most people it’s a thing of beauty and progression. To each his own. Let’s leave it at that.

  10. Filip Josifoski says:

    I really like the most of it, especially the stance and the form, but the front looks very clownish in my eyes. That is why I took the freedom to modify one of your pictures and show you my vision:

    • Giom says:

      That is looking great Filip. I still think, though, great car design should be stretching the “mold”, not give us what we’ve already seen a thousand times over.

      • Filip Josifoski says:

        I agree with you. However I think it is more important to look good than be new and unique.

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