BMW is quite famous for its gorgeous Hommage concepts, concept cars designed to re-imagine some of the brand’s classic cars of the past. Most recently was its BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage, which was a modern take on the 3.0 CSL race car of the ’70s. Well, BMW has created a new Hommage Concept, one that is quite possibly the most important of any the brand has done so far — the BMW 2002 Hommage.
The original BMW 2002 is one of the most important cars in the brand’s entire 100 year history, and many could argue that it is the single most important car for BMW. The 2002 cemented BMW into the automotive sport sedan world and launched the Bavarian brand into super-stardom. The original BMW 2002 eventually became the world-famous BMW 3 Series, a car that continues to be the most important car in BMW’s lineup. So the 2002 is a very important car for BMW and honoring it is a tough task. However, it’s one BMW seems to have succeeded with this 2002 Hommage Concept
The concept is actually based on the BMW 2002 Turbo, the very first production car to come from Europe with turbocharging technology. So BMW has decided to honor the 2002 Turbo with this Hommage, a concept that BMW feels does the 2002 Turbo justice.
“Exactly 50 years ago, the 02 range kick-started an era of success for BMW. This compact coupe is one of the vehicles which made the brand what it is today,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The 2002 sat at the top of the range and was the first series-produced car anywhere in Europe to come with turbo technology. That set the seal on the coupe as a genuine sports car. At the same time, the 2002 turbo was at the technological vanguard of engine development at BMW. The BMW 2002 Hommage is our way of raising a glass to all these achievements.”
The current BMW M2 is said to evoke some of the spirit of the 2002 Turbo, so naturally the 2 Series was a good place to start. This BMW 2002 Hommage is clearly based on the 2er, but does an excellent job at bringing the 2002 Turbo to mind. Without even having prior knowledge to what this concept was based on, it still would remind us of the classic BMW 2002 Turbo. The massive chin spoiler, the single-circle yellow-tinted headlights and the horizontal carbon band down the side, which mimics the 2002’s chrome band, all bring back images of the 2002 Turbo. Even the hood has a similar design, with three bulging lines that run north and south, one at either side and one down the middle.
“The BMW 2002 is one of the most iconic models in BMW history for me,” said Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles. “The eye-catching design of the BMW 2002 Hommage employs a dynamic, striking use of forms to offer its own take on the sassy, almost brash character of the 2002 turbo. As such, the Hommage car brings together the past and future of BMW into a confident statement of unadulterated driving joy.”
But this 2002 Hommage concept isn’t all just pretty body work to bring back memories of a classic favorite. There’s some legitimate aerodynamics at work, here. The front chin spoiler isn’t just there to look cool, it provides real downforce to the front end and those massively flared wheel arches also channel air through them and aren’t just there to look like the 2002 Turbo’s. The big rear wing is also there for aerodynamic purposes and, coincidentally, also reminds us of the E46 M3 CSL’s rear wing.
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