BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept Revealed at Villa d’Este

In keeping with tradition, BMW unveiled a new design concept at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza, held at the Villa d’Este. This year, the concept was a tribute to the legendary BMW 3.0 CSL from the 1970s.

The new concept, painted in eye-searing Golf Yellow, invokes images of the classic widebody race coupe which dominated racing circuits around the world during its heyday. Whereas the classic CSL (Coupe, Sport, Lightweight) shed nearly 440 lbs from the standard street-spec BMW E9 3.0 through extensive use of plexiglass and aluminum, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage remains featherweight due to the exclusive use of carbon-reinforced plastics.

BMW 3 0 CSL Hommage On Location Side OutsideLake Como

The Hommage concept’s radical appearance is thanks to the extensive aerodynamic effects situated around the body, with active vents and intakes directing air to the engine bay and around the car. The front end has a wide, protruding front set of kidney grilles, and the rear is deeply scalloped, with wide grooves cut into the decklid.

The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage concept’s wild appearance continues on the inside, with a Star Wars-inspired steering contraption jutting out from the space-age gauge cluster. The entire dashboard consists of a single-piece of wraparound wood trim. The seats are thankfully more traditional, with single-piece carbon fiber bucket race seats for both the driver and the passenger.

2015 BMW 30 CSL Hommage Rear End 03

There’s no specific information from BMW on what specifically powers the 3.0 CSL Hommage, but behind the kidney grille lies a “powerful inline-six” equipped with “eBoost”, which suggests some sort of electrification in the form of either electric turbochargers or a hybrid drivetrain.

Take a look at the new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage in the gallery below.

BMW 3 0 CSL Hommage On Location Cockpit

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