Bavarian car manufacturer, BMW has unveiled a very special car, the BMW 2002 Hommage concept, at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy. The 2002 Hommage is created to celebrate 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002 turbo, it is a re-imagined design study behind the historical model. There are lines that clearly speaks of the inspiration taken from the 2002, but have been accentuated to look more muscular.
During the unveiling, Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design said, “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. 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.”
Adding to this, Mr Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles said, “The eye-catching design of the BMW 2002 Hommage employs a very dynamic, striking use of forms for its own take on what is, for me, one of the most iconic vehicles in BMW history. At the same time, it encapsulates BMW’s major motor sport triumphs, which were made possible by turbo technology. As such, the Hommage car brings together the past and future of BMW into a confident statement of unadulterated driving joy.”
Spirited with the signature chrome strip of the original, the BMW 2002 Hommage gets sporting silhouette that lies low against the road and a horizontal carbon fibre band around its shoulder line, splitting the body of the car into two well defined sections. The upper slice of the roof, bonnet and boot lid has a matt paint job, while the lower body uses gloss paint and features distinctive lines on the sides, including the wheel arches. It also gets 20 inch light alloy wheels in bi-colour design that round off the styling.
Just like the BMW 2002, the concept also gets two single headlights and turn signal repeaters that are located separately from the headlights and embedded into a full-width strip (in carbon on the Hommage car) above them. The company did not release any details of engine specification or performance of the concept. With its compact proportions, long wheelbase, short overhangs and prominent “shark nose”, promises for a thrilling driving pleasure. Aerodynamics details include the large spoilers at the front and rear along with host of air intakes to optimise airflow around and maximise downforce.