The incredible new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is designed to pay tribute to the original E9 3.0 CSL, an iconic classic from the 1970s. The new model is designed to represent the original car’s heritage of lightweight design and performance, while incorporating modern materials and technology. It makes its debut at the 2015 Villa d’Este Concours.
“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,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design.
CSL stands for ‘Coupé Sport Leichtbau’, which directly translates as coupe, sport, lightweight, and this encapsulates the concept perfectly, both past and present. In the past, aluminum was used to shave as much weight off the car as possible, while still maintaining structural rigidity, whereas the present model makes use of carbon fibre or CFRP (carbon fibre-reinforced plastic) exterior and interior components which give the optimum weight-to-strength ratio.
“For BMW designers, the BMW 3.0 CSL is a style icon. Its combination of racing genes and elegance generates an engaging aesthetic that continues to win hearts even today. The BMW 3.0 CSL Homage celebrates many of those characteristic features, but without copying them. Indeed, some of the parallels are not immediately obvious. We wanted people to sense the family resemblance rather than see it straight off,” says Karim Habib, head of BMW Design.
The styling for the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is representative of BMW’s focus on aerodynamics. The front air deflectors serve to vent the engine compartment and wings over the rear of the car allow for optimum airflow and downforce. The resemblance to the car’s predecessor is clearly defined, especially when paired with the original Golf Yellow exterior hue.
The car is equipped with a six-cylinder in-line engine with ‘eBoost’, black 21-inch alloy wheels in a mix of matt and high-gloss and a central display on the steering column that informs the driver of the current gear, speed, revs and shift point. Other features include bucket seats with high-quality stitching, a six-point belt and red anodised safety features such as the outlet nozzles for the extinguishing foam, the fire extinguisher itself, and the two switches on the centre console for the emergency shut-off and fire extinguishing mechanism.
As BMW speak would have it, “as with the interior as a whole, this detail lends expression to the unique character of the BMW 3.0 CSL Homage: a winning combination of lightweight design, athleticism and elegance.”
One thing is for sure. The car cleverly allows BMW to use its design heritage by harking back to one of its finest models of all time.