BMW has created a special car for this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to pay tribute to one of the most significant models in its history.
The BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the extraordinary features of engineering behind the BMW 2002 turbo and re-imagines them as a design study for our times. 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 which set the seal on the coupe as a genuine sports car and therefore the BMW 2002 Hommage is their way of raising a glass to all these achievements.
The eye-catching design of the BMW 2002 Hommage employs a very dynamic, striking use of forms for its own take on what is, 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.
The sporting silhouette of the BMW 2002 Hommage lies low against the road. Its compact proportions, complete with long wheelbase, short overhangs and prominent 'shark' nose promise a driving experience that thrills with irresistible dynamics and agility.
Aerodynamic details like the large spoilers at the front and rear team up with the profusion of air intakes to optimise airflow around the car and maximise down force in every driving situation.
A particularly striking feature are the voluminously moulded wheel arches, which frame the body like four brackets and add stature. 20-inch light-alloy wheels in bi-colour design round off the styling as the car meets the road. The modern looks of these lavishly milled, multi-spoke items recall the racing rims of bygone eras, while gold-coloured brake callipers bearing the M logo add an extra stamp of class.
The front end of the BMW 2002 Hommage is a confident and extravagantly dynamic affair; its styling bridges a gap of 50 years in combining the characteristic, horizontal graphic of the 02 range with modern elements of BMW design. Occupying centre stage at the front end is the familiar BMW kidney grille.
Like the BMW 2002, the BMW 2002 Hommage also has two single headlights that provide the striking front end with its outer limits. The headlights are bordered by reflectors, whose gold colouring is a pointer to the “golden” 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002’s launch.
The rear-end design calls on elements of the 2002 turbo with the horizontal sub-division of the car’s generous surfaces and its clear lines make a width-emphasising and thus suitably dynamic statement, laced with modern feel.
The BMW logo to the right of the license plate between the two rear lights is likewise a characteristic element of 02 rear styling. The muscular wheel arches bookend the rear section and accentuate the wide track, while precise spoiler lips bring a modern edge to the car’s detailing. A carbon diffuser integrates the now familiar two sets of twin exhaust tailpipes and wraps up the rear styling with a sporting flourish.
BMW’s fresh interpretation of the BMW 2002 adopts the form of a compact sports coupe in the classical tradition of BMW Hommage cars - but more than that, the BMW 2002 Hommage represents a clear statement of how pure driving pleasure is defined in 2016.