Freshly unveiled BMW 2002 Hommage concept pays golden tribute to 2002 Turbo icon

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 23, 2016

The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este has been chosen as the venue to unveil a special model that pays tribute to BMW 2002 turbo – the BMW 2002 Hommage. This special model is basically a re-imagination and a new interpretation of the BMW 2002, adopting the shape of a compact sports coupe in the tradition of BMW Hommage vehicles.

While the BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the extraordinary engineering achievements attained in the creation of the BMW 2002 turbo, it is also a well-defined statement of how pure driving should be in 2016.

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President at BMW Group Design, quipped that the 02 range was responsible for launching an era of success for BMW 50 years ago, adding that the BMW 2002 turbo is one of the vehicles that has made the BMW brand what it is today. He noted that the range-topping 2002 was the first series-produced car in Europe featuring turbo technology, thereby cementing the coupe’s status as a genuine sports car.

He added that the 2002 turbo back then was at the forefront of engine development at BMW.

Exterior Design

In terms of design, the BMW 2002 Hommage features a sporting silhouette lying low against the road and is characterized by compact proportions, a long wheelbase and short overhangs, as well as a pronounced “shark nose.” It also dons large front and rear spoilers complemented by an array of air intakes, all helping optimize airflow and maximize downforce.

Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles, remarked that the BMW 2002 Hommage has an eye-catching design that employs dynamic forms. He added that the BMW 2002 Hommage sums up BMW’s major motorsport wins as achieved through the use of turbo technology. Habib also described the new 2002 Hommage as a confident statement of unadulterated driving joy as inspired by the past and future of the brand.

One of the styling highlights of the 02 was its signature chrome strip. This strip is reinterpreted through a horizontal carbon band wrapping around the shoulder line of the BMW 2002 Hommage, thereby visually splitting the body into different sections. Body lines have been made minimal and as flowing as possible, with the lower section creating a sharp contrast with its high-gloss paintwork, sculptural surfaces, and distinctive lines.

The BMW 2002 Hommage is essentially wrapped in Space Race Metal light metallic blue finish. It comes in matt form for the upper tranche of roof, bonnet and boot lid to prevent reflection of sun rays, and with a gloss finish for the lower body. Space Race Metal could change in appearance from a brightly fluorescent blue to grey, depending on factors like incidence of light. On the flanks, the BMW 2002 Hommage is marked by pronounced wheel arches seemingly framing the body like four brackets – reminiscent of the homologated version of the BMW 2002 turbo that required bolted extensions to accommodate a wider track.

These powerful wheel arches – neatly integrated into the flanks of the BMW 2002 Hommage – are covered by slick surfacing and sharply chiseled lines. These arches carefully and powerfully hug the car’s 20-inch light-alloy wheels with bi-color design. These stylish multi-spoke items were carefully created to pay tribute to the racing rims of bygone eras, featuring gold-colored brake calipers with the M logo.

Clearly noticeable on the front end of this Hommage car is some powerful styling that harmoniously blends modern elements of BMW design and the distinctive horizontal graphic of the 02 range. Aside from the prominent wheel arches, the front end of the BMW 2002 Hommage features a bonnet that alludes to the iconic “spear” contour that distends from the center into a surround for the BMW logo. Sharp yet precise lines further define and lend structure to the matt surface of the 2002 Hommage.

However, the center highlight of the front end of the Hommage car is the signature BMW kidney grille that now comes in the form of a low-standing connected unit, thereby providing a fresh take on the kidneys’ role as a cohesive design element.

This kidney grille – marked by sculpted, black double-bars – is flanked by two single headlights bordered by gold-colored reflectors. This gold coloring is a reference to the golden or 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002.

Moreover, the reflectors of the BMW 2002 Hommage revive the yellow hue typically found in the headlights of racing cars decades ago. Both the kidneys and headlights of the BMW 2002 Hommage are visually underpinned by an unbroken black strip that connects the stylistic features of the front end to further emphasize the car’s wide and athletic stance.

Located separately from the headlights but embedded into a full-width carbon strip above these lamps are turn signal repeaters. On the other hand, the BMW 2002 Hommage is provided with a large front apron -- similarly styled to its 1970s siblings – that shortens its visual distance to the road. Along with the car’s wide track, low-slung body and sporty stance, this large front apron allows for precision as well as excellent road-holding and handling capabilities, particularly when tackling fast corners.

As a further tribute to the original BMW 2002 turbo, the front of the BMW 2002 Hommage features the BMW Motorsport livery and the “turbo” lettering in mirror writing. This livery is also present on the exterior mirror cap on the driver’s side. In addition, the car features accent surfaces in exposed carbon that serves as the point where front apron and side skirts seemingly connect to the road.

These accent surfaces also provide an elegant technical contrast to the body-colored surfaces of the BMW 2002 Hommage. Just like on the front end, the posterior section of the BMW 2002 Hommage features a design inspired by the BMW 2002 turbo. For instance, the clear lines and the horizontal sub-division of its generous surfaces effectively highlight the width of the BMW 2002 Hommage in a dynamic and modern way. Just as the BMW 2002 turbo inspired the headlights of the BMW 2002 Hommage, it also influences the ones located at the rear.

These seemingly rectangular rear lights are wrapped in glass covers with a modern black-panel appearance. Interestingly, these covers only reveal the inner workings of the rear lights once they are illuminated. This means that when the lights are not illuminated, onlookers could only see an unbroken black surface, making it appear as a strip wrapped around the BMW 2002 Hommage.

Another BMW 2002 turbo attribute found on the BMW 2002 Hommage is the BMW logo located to the right of the license plate between the two rear lights. Helping accentuate the car’s rear wide track are muscular rear wheel arches. Meanwhile, lending an aura of modernity are its precise spoiler lips. The BMW 2002 Hommage also gets a carbon diffuser featuring two sets of twin exhaust tailpipes.

Press Release

BMW 2002 Hommage. 50 years of pure driving pleasure.

The BMW Group has created a very special car for this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to pay tribute to one of the most significant models in its history. First and foremost, the BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the extraordinary feats of engineering behind the BMW 2002 turbo – and re-imagines them as a design study for our times.

“Exactly 50 years ago, the 02 range kick-started an era of success for BMW. This compact coupe is one of the vehicles which made the brand what it is today,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The 2002 sat at the top of the range and was the first series-produced car anywhere in Europe to come with turbo technology. That set the seal on the coupe as a genuine sports car. At the same time, the 2002 turbo was at the technological vanguard of engine development at BMW. The BMW 2002 Hommage is our way of raising a glass to all these achievements.”

 

A confident statement of unadulterated driving joy.

“The eye-catching design of the BMW 2002 Hommage employs a very dynamic, striking use of forms for its own take on what is, for me, one of the most iconic vehicles in BMW history,” says Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles. “At the same time, it encapsulates BMW’s major motor sport triumphs, which were made possible by turbo technology. As such, the Hommage car brings together the past and future of BMW into a confident statement of unadulterated driving joy.”

The sporting silhouette of the BMW 2002 Hommage lies low against the road. Its compact proportions, complete with long wheelbase, short overhangs and prominent “shark nose”, promise a driving experience that thrills with irresistible dynamics and agility. Aerodynamic details like the large spoilers at the front and rear team up with the profusion of air intakes to optimise airflow around the car and maximise downforce in every driving situation.

   

Historic details with a modern twist.

Inspired by the signature chrome strip that ringed the 02 in its day, a horizontal carbon band wraps itself around the shoulderline of the BMW 2002 Hommage and splits the body visually into separate sections. The upper tranche of roof, bonnet and boot lid has matt paintwork to prevent reflection of the sun’s rays – 
in a reference to racing cars of yore. The body’s lines here are minimalist, clearly drawn and flowing in nature. The lower section creates a definite contrast, with its high-gloss paintwork, very bold, sculptural surfaces, and distinctive lines that infuse the flanks with a contemporary flavour and draw the eye to the driven rear wheels. The Space Race Metal paintwork drapes itself over the BMW 2002 Hommage like liquid metal. In both its matt and gloss form, the light metallic blue finish changes in appearance from a brightly fluorescent blue to grey, depending on the incidence of light, and lends the surfacing a dynamic sense of depth. As a result, the car’s whole body brims with power and energy.

A particularly striking feature of the car’s flanks are the voluminously moulded wheel arches, which frame the body like four brackets and add stature. In the process, they recall the homologated version of the BMW 2002 turbo, which needed broad extensions bolted onto its body to accommodate a significantly wider track. The Hommage car integrates this detail neatly into flanks designed with clear dedication to the job at hand. Slick surfacing and precisely chiselled lines envelop the powerful wheel arches and hand them a starring role. 20-inch light-alloy wheels in bi-colour design round off the styling as the car meets the road. The modern looks of these lavishly milled, multi-spoke items recall the racing rims of bygone eras, while gold-coloured brake callipers bearing the M logo add an extra stamp of class.

 

Fronted by 50 years of BMW history.

The front end of the BMW 2002 Hommage is a confident and extravagantly dynamic affair; its styling bridges a gap of 50 years in combining the characteristic, horizontal graphic of the 02 range with modern elements of BMW design. The front end is framed visually by the prominent wheel arches. And the wide track and low-slung body provide an ample canvas for generously-sized surfaces. In its lines and form, the bonnet references the “spear” contour stretching down the centre of the 02 models that swells slightly into a surround for the BMW logo as it approaches the kidney grille. Further precise lines lend structure and definition to the matt surface.

Occupying centre stage at the front end is the familiar BMW kidney grille. 
Here, it takes the form of a low-standing, connected unit, offering a flesh slant on the kidneys’ historical rendering as a cohesive design element. Sculpted, black double-bars add finesse to the details of the broad-set grille. Like the BMW 2002, the BMW 2002 Hommage also has two single headlights that provide the striking front end with its outer limits. The headlights are bordered by reflectors, whose gold colouring is a pointer to the “golden” 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002’s launch. The reflectors also reprise the yellow hue commonly found in the headlights of racing cars back in the day. An unbroken black strip creates a fitting visual platform for the kidneys and headlights, brings together the stylistic elements of the front end and, in so doing, underlines the car’s wide and athletic stance. Those with a keen eye will also pick out the turn signal repeaters, which – like those of the car’s forebear – are located separately from the headlights and embedded into a full-width strip (in carbon on the Hommage car) above them.

The large front apron, a stylistic nod to those models of the 1970s, shortens the visual distance between the BMW 2002 Hommage and the road and shines a bright spotlight on its driver focus. Together with the car’s wide, sporting stance, this technically innovative, forward-thinking design sends out a message of top-class roadholding and handling flair through fast corners. Now, as in the heyday of the BMW 2002, design excellence and turbo technology bring unsurpassed levels of fun to twisty race tracks, country roads and mountain passes alike. The BMW Motorsport livery of the front apron and its “turbo” lettering in mirror writing casts the mind back to the original decals of the 2002 turbo, as does the exterior mirror cap on the driver’s side. Accent surfaces in exposed carbon mark the point where the front apron and side skirts hand over to the road, and also provide a technically alluring contrast to the body-coloured surfaces.

 

Bringing matters to a sporting conclusion.

The rear-end design of the BMW 2002 Hommage also calls on elements of the 2002 turbo. For example, the horizontal sub-division of the car’s generous surfaces and its clear lines make a width-emphasising and thus suitably dynamic statement, laced with modern feel. The form of the rear lights is inspired by the same historical blueprint. The almost rectangular lights provide a stylistic border for the rear end. The glass covers have a contemporary black-panel look and only offer a view of the inner workings when the lights illuminate. All you can see when they are dormant is an unbroken black surface. As at the front of the car, this strengthens the impression of a strip wrapped around the car. 
The BMW logo to the right of the license plate between the two rear lights is likewise a characteristic element of 02 rear styling. The muscular wheel arches bookend the rear section and accentuate the wide track, while precise spoiler lips bring a modern edge to the car’s detailing. A carbon diffuser integrates the now familiar two sets of twin exhaust tailpipes and wraps up the rear styling with a sporting flourish.

BMW’s fresh interpretation of the BMW 2002 adopts the form of a compact sports coupe in the classical tradition of BMW Hommage cars. But more than that, the BMW 2002 Hommage represents a clear statement of how pure driving pleasure is defined in 2016.

 

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