PROPER THROWBACK: The BMW 2002 Hommage's livery is a hats off to the racing colours of the 1970's BMW 2002 turbo. Image: NewsPress
Pebble Beach - At the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, the BMW Group is presenting the BMW 2002 Hommage to shine the spotlight back over its successful history with turbocharged engines.
In 1973 the BMW 2002 turbo became the first series-produced vehicle in Europe to feature turbo technology. In so doing, it turned the BMW 02 into a full-blooded sports car.
Karim Habib, head of design BMW Automobiles, says: “The BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the extraordinary feats of engineering on which BMW turbo technology is based and re-interprets them in the form of a design study.
“With its iconic orange/black paintwork, the car has a colour scheme and livery synonymous in the minds of many motor sport fans with the triumphs of the 1970s.”
A confident statement
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, says BMW.
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Aerodynamic details like the large spoilers at the front and rear team up with the profusion of air intakes and exits to optimise airflow around the car and maximise downforce in every driving situation.
Historic details with a modern twist
In perhaps the most literal reference of the original 2002, the 2002 Hommage features a unifying “waterline” to connect many of the car’s formal elements. This unbroken carbon fiber line physically wraps around the car from front to rear, while also creating a horizontal distinction between upper and lower body surfaces, says the German automaker.
Gallery: BMW 2002 Hommage
20" 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.
Fronted by 50 years of BMW history
The front-end styling of the BMW 2002 Hommage bridges a gap of 50 years in combining the characteristic, horizontal grill graphic of the 2002 series with modern elements of BMW design, BMW says.
Like the BMW 2002, the BMW 2002 Hommage also has two single round headlights that provide the striking front end with its outer limits. The headlights’ reflective gold colouring is a pointer to the “golden” 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002’s launch.
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Those with a keen eye will also pick out the turn signal repeaters, which - like those of the car’s forebear - are located separately from the headlights and embedded in the wrap-around carbon fiber waterline element.
Bringing matters to a sporting conclusion
The rear-end design of the BMW 2002 Hommage also calls on elements of the 2002 turbo. The almost rectangular lights provide a stylistic border for the rear end. The asymmetric BMW logo placement to the right of the license plate between the two rear lights is likewise a characteristic element of 2002 rear styling.
The muscular wheel arches bookend the rear section and accentuate the wide track, while a precise spoiler lip brings a modern edge to the car’s detailing, says the automaker. A carbon diffuser integrates the now familiar two sets of twin exhaust tailpipes and wraps up the rear styling with a sporting flourish.