BMW 2002 Hommage Concept gets the head-turning Jagermeister livery

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2016

When the BMW 2002 Hommage Concept was first revealed to the public, not everyone was amused. It was designed to celebrate the 02 Series’ 50th anniversary yet people still needed to see that “oomph” on the car itself; hey, that’s just how you properly pay homage to the first series-produced car in Europe with turbo technology, right?

Now it looks like BMW went all the way back to the paint shop to redo the Hommage concept’s paint job. The German automaker has cooked up something even more enticing for the 2002 Hommage Concept – a classic livery that will make every jaw drop and head turn, making fans swoon over like hungry zombies.

The revamped version of the Hommage concept is now a more eye-catching burnt orange and black ensemble. It’s as beautiful as it can be and if you’re driving this baby ‘round town and still isn’t the talk of the town, then people should better yet get themselves a pair of glasses because this car is THE bomb. The cherry on top of this ensemble are the 20-inch gold alloy wheels completing the transformation of what was once a polarizing concept into a dazzling creation.

The concept car is dotted with liveries that herald the iconic Jägermeister liveries that were once embellished on the M1, 3.0CSL and the E30 M3. Its color scheme and livery are reminiscent of the triumphs of the 70’s, making it all the more a very iconic piece.

The BMW 2002 Hommage concept that first made its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este back in May featured an aggressive-looking shark nose fascia as well as unique twin kidney grilles and carbon fiber front spoiler. It also had red recovery hooks and a pair of retro-inspired headlights and golden reflectors which celebrate the 2002’s golden anniversary. The bulging wheel arches were installed to pay tribute to the homologated version of the 2002 turbo plus some extended fenders to accommodate the car’s wider track. The first version of the concept car also came with sporty side skirts and hidden door handles plus some carbon fiber band that wrapped around the shoulderline of the car. To add more touches of retro into the car, retro-inspired LED taillights were also installed. Other than that, the first version also featured an integrated rear spoiler as well as a carbon fiber diffuser flanked by a four-tailpipe exhaust system.

Overall, the first version of the 2002 Hommage Concept was all good except that its matte and high-gloss Space Race Metal paint job just didn’t do the trick. Even with the 20-inch light-alloy wheels backed up by a high-performing braking system with gold calipers, people needed to be attracted to what was in the outside FIRST before taking in the smallest details on the car. That’s when the saying “do not judge a book by its cover” becomes a point in this whole ordeal. Thankfully, BMW was able to make a better paint job on this tribute and can proudly put it on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance along with its other classic items.

Press Release

BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the birth of the turbocharged car. Design study pays tribute to legendary motor racing glories at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach.

At the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, the BMW Group is presenting the BMW 2002 Hommage to shine the spotlight back over its successful history with turbocharged engines. In 1973 the BMW 2002 turbo became the first series-produced vehicle in Europe to feature turbo technology. In so doing, it turned the BMW 02 into a full-blooded sports car. Looking back, the advent of BMW turbo engine technology pointed the way for both the development of the sportiest BMW sedans and milestones such as the first Formula One World Championship title for a turbocharged car – won by Nelson Piquet in 1983.

“The BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the extraordinary feats of engineering on which BMW turbo technology is based and re-interprets them in the form of a design study,” says Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles. “With its iconic orange/black paintwork, the car has a colour scheme and livery synonymous in the minds of many motor sport fans with the triumphs of the 1970s.”

The model unveiled in Pebble Beach writes the next chapter in a story begun by the BMW 2002 Hommage, which the company presented at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in May.

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 and exits to optimise airflow around the car and maximise downforce in every driving situation.

Historic details with a modern twist.

A particularly striking feature of the car’s flanks are the pronounced 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. Sleek surfacing and precisely chiselled lines envelop the powerful wheel arches and hand them a starring role.

In perhaps the most literal reference of the original 2002, the 2002 Hommage features a unifying “waterline” to connect many of the car’s formal elements. This unbroken carbon fiber line physically wraps around the car from front to rear, while also creating a horizontal distinction between upper and lower body surfaces. 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 grill graphic of the 02 series with modern elements of BMW design. 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 round headlights that provide the striking front end with its outer limits. The headlights’ reflective gold colouring is a pointer to the “golden” 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002’s launch. The headlights also reprise the yellow hue commonly found in the headlamps of racing cars back in the day. An unbroken horizontal black band unites the design 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 in the wrap-around carbon fiber waterline element.

The large front apron, a stylistic and functional aerodynamic nod to those models of the 1970s, shortens the visual distance between the BMW 2002 Hommage and the road. 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 “turbo” lettering in mirror writing on the front apron casts the mind back to the original decals of the 2002 turbo. 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 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 asymmetric BMW logo placement 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 a precise spoiler lip brings 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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