BMW has revealed the latest concept in its Hommage series this week, this time paying tribute to the legendary E9 3.0 CSL racer of the 1970s.
But, as these new images reveal, the new 3.0 CSL show car is an entirely new beast.
Standout styling features include a diving kidney grille design, narrow LED headlights and a pair of integrated front flares that plunge into the bonnet.
The profile hints at a shortened wheelbase and a more compact glasshouse design, with race-style exhausts poking out in front of the rear wheels.
Another pair of flares reach up into a tall rear wing, which also forms part of the extravagant ribbon-like LED tail lamps and a tall rear deck.
Huge 21-inch E39 M5-inspired wheels round out the exterior styling, while the interior features a simultaneously premium and track-ready design with a pair of quilted leather bucket seats and only the bare essentials.
Away from styling, the new 3.0 CSL Hommage boasts a liberal dose of carbon fibre in its construction, replacing the aluminium panels that made its predecessor around 200kg lighter than the standard 3.0 CS.
“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,” BMW design boss Adrian van Hooydonk said.
“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.”
As for power, BMW isn’t saying what sort of outputs and performance numbers the new concept boasts.
For now, it has confirmed only that motivation is provided by a “a powerful six-cylinder in-line engine with eBoost” - which means an performance-oriented electric-assisted hybrid system, but that’s all BMW is saying.
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