Once again BMW has rolled out a retro-themed concept to take to the grass of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, near Lake Como, Italy - this time taking cues from the 2002 Turbo which debuted in 1973.
The introduction of the original 02 series of vehicles kick-started BMW’s reputation as a builder of quality, fun-to-drive vehicles, starting with the 1602 in 1966 and later growing to include the 2002 range, which was introduced to meet the needs of the US market.
For the 2002 Hommage, BMW has revisited the wide-body style of the 2002 Turbo endowing the concept with aggressively wide bodywork, and a number of retro-cues including single round headlamps, and a centre-spear running up the bonnet.
Above the lights, finished in a classic gold hue - to celebrate the 2002’s 50th anniversaty the indicators sit proud of the headlights and form part of a continuous carbon-strip that runs from front to rear.
Multi-spoke wheels recall the mesh designs of BMW’s racing past, but grow to a far more modern 20-inches in diameter, complementing the widened-track style of the Hommage.
Aggressively vented bodywork adds a feature that wasn’t a part of the original 2002 Turbo’s design, but adds a purposefully functional element.
At the rear the BMW roundel has been moved to an off-centre position, the lights have been set in a black panel, and the illuminated elements attempt to re-draw the rectangle style of the originals. At the bottom of the bumper a set of M2-style quad tailpipes adds completes the modern twist.
As for what lies under that handsome retro skin, BMW is tight-lipped about the details, but a side-by-side look at the 2002 Homage next to the current 2 Series reveals that the production car has at least donated its roof structure and glasshouse, which has been applied to the concept unchanged.
It’s no stretch to imagine then, that the 2002 Hommage is heavily 2 Series based under the skin, with the proportions and dimensions of the concept closely mirroring those of the M2.
As for what lies under the bonnet, again there’s been no word from BMW - There’s every chance a version of the M2 or M235i’s turbocharged six-cylinder engine could reside up front, but as an homage to the 2002 Turbo you could almost put money on the fact that a tweaked version of BMW’s 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine provides the motive force.
With the Concorso d’Eleganza set to open in just a few days time, those details aren’t expected to remain a secret for long.
Excitingly, the 2002 Homage will be displayed alongside BMW Motorrad’s R5 Hommage along with BMW’s seven previous Hommage concepts, including the 2008 M1 Hommage, 2011 328 Hommage, last year’s 3.0 CSL Hommage.
Sadly, just like all of those previous eye-catchers, the 2002 Hommage won’t be turned into a production car, meaning only a very lucky few will have the chance to lay eyes on it.
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