Every year, BMW introduces at least one new concept at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance that takes place in Italy. These concepts generally differ from the ones the Munich-based automaker displays at major auto shows in cities like Geneva, Paris, Frankfurt, Detroit and Beijing because they’re design studies that pay homage to BMW’s past. In other words, they’re designed for enthusiasts like us, not for buyers shopping for a family-friendly crossover.
This year, BMW is paying homage to the iconic 3.0 CSL that raced in the 1970s with a concept appropriately dubbed 3.0 CSL Homage. The company’s teaser image reveals the concept features roughly the same roof and window line as the original 3.0, a large trunk-mounted spoiler, flared fenders and, oddly enough, LED tail lamps. The coupe is finished in an eye-catching shade of yellow with retro-inspired black stripes that run from front to back.
The 3.0 CSL Homage makes extensive use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, a manufacturing technique gleaned from BMW’s i sub-brand. Designers and engineers further kept weight in check by fitting the car with a stripped-down cockpit, though official pictures haven’t been published yet. Similarly, what’s under the CSL Homage’s long hood is a mystery.
Stay tuned, the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance will open its doors on May 22nd and we suspect BMW will introduce the concept online a few hours before the show.