BMW’s Five Hommage Concept Cars Are Stunning Beauties

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 2, 2016

Once in a while, automakers pay tribute to some of their most iconic models by building a replica of the original model but with a twist. It’s like a retro concept with modern features.

Some make the exact same thing, while others use a feature or more from the original model and enhancing features that have been absent on the original or improving the original version. Simply put, it’s a process of rebuilding and enhancing while making yet again another iconic retro concept.

BMW is one of those automakers that take time to honor its roots. They have since been building these “retro hommage concepts” on a regular basis for the past couple of years and in general, have mostly received positive feedback from the public. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look back at some of BMW’s most beautiful hommage concept cars.

BMW M1 Hommage Concept

The M1 sports car is one of BMW’s most iconic models. Built between 1978 and 1981, there were about 460 units produced at that time. The M1 was BMW’s first mass-produced mid-engined sports car and has championed various events in motorsports.

As a 30th anniversary tribute to the M1 sports car, BMW unveiled the M1 Hommage Concept in 2008. The M1 Hommage concept car was styled by (now former) BMW design chief Chris Bangle – it had similar exterior dimensions with the original M1 but it came with an extended wheelbase for a larger interior.

Just like the original M1, the hommage concept was also mid-engined and was supposed to have around 600 to 650 horsepower.

Unfortunately, the M1 Hommage Concept will remain just a concept but let us be comforted by the fact that this is one of the inspirations of BMW designers in creating future production models. But we know you won’t stop hoping this gorgeous creation gets a chance at production.

BMW 328 Hommage Concept

In the 2011 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, BMW unveiled the 328 Hommage Concept. This by far is the most retro among all of BMW’s hommage concepts as it pays tribute to the classic 1930 BMW 328. This two-seat roadster was launched as part of BMW’s 75th anniversary.

It is a modern interpretation of the classic sports car featuring a combination of carbon fiber and lightweight construction using carbon fiber reinforced plastic or CFRP. The major parts on the interior and exterior are all made of CFRP, giving this retro goodness a total weight of only 1,720 lbs.

It is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine but not much has been revealed of its power output and transmission. The 328 Hommage is by far BMW’s most stunning retro tribute that utilizes modern building techniques and materials.

BMW Concept Coupe Mille Miglia

What looks like a car straight from a James Bond movie is BMW’s Concept Coupe Mille Miglia. In 2006, BMW introduced this futuristic interpretation of the winning 1940 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupe. This modern MM sports a curvaceous silver body complete with retro leather straps and functional hood latches that are used to hold down the bonnet.

Just like the 328 Hommage Concept, the modern MM was built with lightweight materials. It is powered by a six-cylinder engine similar to that of the 2006 Z4 M coupe. Even without the “Hommage” moniker, the Concept Coupe Mille Miglia is still a great tribute to the European pre-World War II racing and automobile innovation.

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept

In celebration of BMW’s 40th anniversary in North America and the success of the 1975 3.0 CSL in the race track, the German automaker revealed another hommage masterpiece – the 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept.

With a full engine set-up, the 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept has a carbon fiber roll cage and an elegant information display which fits perfectly well with its minimalist interior design. It has the same exterior paint job and dramatic rear wing as the original, complete with livery.

There’s no information on whether or not this concept car gets into production but from the looks of it, everyone is just crossing their fingers that the 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept can wow us in a DTM race soon.

BMW 2002 Turbo Hommage Concept

Last but definitely not the least is the newly unveiled BMW 2002 Turbo Hommage Concept. It is a tribute to one of the best cars in 1966, the BMW 2002, but with an M2 base.

The M2 is the best representation of the original 2002 and thus was used as a base car for the hommage concept. Its M2 base has been re-skinned and it has new extended wheel arches with bulging vent tunnels.

Although the M2 doesn’t really look like the original 2002, the yellow tinted headlights, forward tilting “shark nose” front end and the sharp hood crease in the middle are all reminiscent of the classic 2002.

There aren’t that many similarities with the original but the Hommage looks good enough. Just like all of the concept cars that we have presented, this one will never see the light of production.

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