Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este attracts timeless beauties (we are talking about cars) from across the globe every year and this year will be no different. But what will be different is a particular beauty gracing her presence at the show. BMW will be showcasing 3.0 CSL Hommage to celebrate one of the greatest sports coupes from the 1970s on the shore of the Lake Como.
"CSL" stands for "Coupé Sport Leichtbau" - Coupe, Sport, Lightweight and BMW seemed to have merged the current 6-series design with the 3.0 CSL. The beautiful looking CSL is painted in a Golf Yellow shade and looks classy yet futuristic. The 3.0 CSL was actually 200 kg lighter than BMW 3.0 CS thanks to an aluminium bonnet, boot, wings and Plexiglas windows.
The old racecars inspired headlights with X-shaped centers are a great touch to the otherwise big and bulky front with fenders fold up over the hood. "Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how proud we are of our heritage, but also how important the past can be in determining our future," says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
"The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage represents a nod to the engineering achievement exemplified by the BMW 3.0 CSL in its lightweight design and performance. With intelligent lightweight construction and modern materials, the 3.0 CSL Hommage brings the character of that earlier model into the 21st century, showing it in a new and exciting guise," he added.
The massive rear wing and profile shows inspiration from the original 3.0 CSL but with significantly improved design. Unlike the aluminium used in the original car, Hommage is made extensively from the carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic parts. The back and side profile are all inspired from the 3.0 CSL, but while the original car was a bit angular, the Hommage gets more curves.
BMW has also given a carbon fibre treatment to the cabin and the V-shaped cross-member at the back gives an artistic roll-cage feeling and looks cool. BMW has not revealed much about the 3.0 CSL's powertrain, but the use of an inline six with eBoost has been confirmed. Being a concept car, the engine doesn't really matter, we guess!
Have a look at the images embedded and see the brilliant tribute BMW paid to the 3.0 CLS!