3.0 CSL Hommage
The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is a spectacular concept car developed
by BMW to pay respect to the original BMW 3.0 CSL model from the 1970s.
The original 3.0 CSL was a stylish coupe at the time, and one that
has gone on to become a highly prized collector's car. The CSL in
the car's name stands for "Coupe Sport Leichtbau" (coupe,
sport, lightweight), and for the 2015 concept car BMW haven't forgotten
where it came from. Like the 1970s car - which featured aluminium
body panels and Plexiglas windows - the concept has been designed
to be a light as possible.
Carbon fiber has been used extensively for on the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage
concept, and the bodywork has been styled to mimic many of the features
found on the original car, including a shark nose headlight and grille
assembly, wide wheel arches, a roof spoiler and of course a large
Up front the concept features a combination of laser and LED lighting,
a stylized 'X' has been integrated into the headlights as a nod to
the long-distance racers of the past. A prominent carbon fiber splitter
sits below the aggressively styled front bumper.
In profile the large 21-inch multi-spoke wheels are shown off at their
best, and the small BMW roundel on the C-pillars (carried over from
the original car) can be seen. The subtle graphics running along the
top of the doors are also carried over from the '70s model.
The interior of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage concept is stripped back to
the essentials. Quilted black bucket racing seats with contrasting
yellow stitching are provided for the driver and passenger, while
the conventional steering wheel has been replaced with what looks
like a very small and completely impractical yoke-style steering wheel.
Carbon fiber has also been used for the interior and left in its bare
form. The racing pedigree of the car is apparent in the six-point
harnesses, integrated fire suppression system and emergency shut off
switch. In addition there is storage space for two helmets behind
the front seats.
Overall, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is one of the more exciting concepts
from BMW in recent years, and while it's doubtful anything similar
will go into production anytime soon, it certainly shows that when
BMW want to do retro-inspired coupes, they do it very well.
BMW also produced a racing modified version of the car called the
3.0 CSL Hommage R.
||3.0 CSL Hommage
|Engine / Drivetrain
||3.0 litre straight 6-cylinder + eBoost, RWD