For this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, BMW left us speechless as it presented its new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept, a vehicle that pays tribute to the iconic 3.0 CSL from the 1970s. For those who don’t know, “CSL” stands for “Coupe Sport Leichtbau” (coupe, sport, lightweight) and the 1970 BMW 3.0 CSL featured an aluminum bonnet, boot and wings, Plexiglas windows and equipment pared down to the bare essentials.
Those features made the 3.0 CSL 200 kg lighter than its sibling model, the BMW 3.0 CS. If in 1970 the material of choice was aluminum, today carbon fiber or carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) offers the optimum weight-to-strenght ratio. The man behind the concept is Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design and according to him, the new vehicle wants people to sense the family resemblance rather than see it straight off.
The first visual impact with the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage shows an elongated body set off by distinctive air deflectors, muscular wheel arches as well as prominent spoilers for the roof and tail. The front air deflector is used to vent the engine compartment, while the wings over the rear wheels ensure optimum airflow around the vehicle.
Meanwhile, the small rear-view cameras further reduce the aerodynamic drag. At the rear, we see a large spoiler that increases the downforce on the driven rear axle. Moreover, the Air Curtain and Air Breather systems ensure optimum ventilation of the wheel housings. The design is completed by the original colour of its spiritual predecessor, Golf Yellow.
Seen from the side, the 3.0 CSL Hommage shows black 21-inch wheels in matt and high-gloss bi-colour versions, featuring air control blades in the interstices of the wheel rims that improve aerodynamics.
The all-CFRP interior shows a lightweight design, with a small central eBoost charging display that interrupts the wooden instrument panel and a central display on the steering column that informs the driver of the current gear, speed, revs and shift point.
In addition, the interior gets bucket seats, a six-point belt and red anodized safety features such as the outlet nozzles for the extinguishing foam, as well as two switches on the centre console for the emergency shut-off and fire extinguishing mechanism.
Two helmets are integrated into the transmission tunnel and held in place by a belt. The rear seat bench is replaced by covers for the eBoost energy accumulators. There are no details regarding the engine found under the hood, but BMW says that its concept features a powerful six-cylinder in-line with eBoot technology. [source: BMW]