The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage: BMW’s Latest Concept Car

BMW’s latest concept vehicle, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage, draws on the past and present of BMW’s impressive catalogue.

The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage: BMW’s Latest Concept Car

BMW has just released exciting information on their newest concept car, and this one is a beauty. The latest in BMW’s catalogue of prototypes and show vehicles meant to exhibit new design styles or technologies, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage certainly lives up to its name. In a true “homage” to the history of BMW and the vehicles to come before it, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is reminiscent of BMW’s 1970s BMW 3.0 CSL coupe, nicknamed by many as the “Batmobile” because of its winged design. Oh, and one more thing: it’s a bright, bold yellow.

From a design standpoint, the Hommage seems to take our favorite parts of the original “Batmobile” CSL and pairs them with some of the iconic features of the i8. The BMW 3.0 CSL coupe’s rear spoiler gives way to its rear wheel arches which, paralleling the winged “Batmobile” are both flared and big. The body kit has a definite molded look, and, as stated earlier, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is a bright yellow that packs quite a punch. Its a two door model and also features a monstrous kidney grille which could be the largest ever on any BMW in history. With design choices as bold as these, it’s clear that BMW’s newest concept automobile–which will most likely not be receiving a limited run, as was the case the BMW’s i8–is meant to be a true showstopper.

While beautiful aesthetics are certainly something we’ve all come to expect from BMWs, everyone will agree that that is only one side of the coin. With beautiful design comes beautiful technologies, and the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage packs a powerful punch when it comes to what is hiding under its stunning, yellow hood. While BMW hasn’t released much information in terms of technical specifications, they have teased us with a view details. Its engine is a six cyllinder hybrid eBoost and features a completely new system for its engine intake that boasts greater efficiency when it comes to cooling things down as a result of a water injection system. Its headlights are of the laser variety (which means this badboy wouldn’t be road legal in the United States even if you could get your hands behind the wheel) and shoot out in an X shaped pattern. The body is also created using a new carbon fibre plastic which makes up a large amount of both the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage’s interior and exterior.

For fans of the original, classic, “Golf Yellow” BMW 3.0 CSL and new BMW afficiandoes alike, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is a perfect send up of all things past, present, and future. Featuring bold and punchy design choices, and some exciting technical specifications, this concept car illustrates that BMW can expertly balance aggression and beauty in a way other manufacturers could only dream of. Of course, there’s little word on whether or not the Hommage will ever see the light of day in terms of going on the market, but in the meantime we can all certainly dream.

By Brent Eickhoff