Apart from the Z8, BMW isn’t really known for being nostalgic. After all, this is a company that has a proud heritage of being technologically advanced, not rooted in the past. So it’s with great pleasure that we look back at BMW’s recent string of concept cars that are a beautiful homage to its past.
This week’s video features “the clown shoe”, otherwise known as the M Coupé or Z3 Coupé, depending on configuration. BMW engineers successfully lobbied their bosses—and the board!—to build the car. It may not have lit the sales charts on fire, but the car is still much-loved by enthusiasts (and Petrolicious) event today. Same goes for the stunning Z8.
Perhaps the engineers are able to present a winning argument to bring one of their latest retro-inspired concepts to life? (And before you ask, no, for some reason “homage” is not spelled consistently by BMW when it names its concepts.)
2011 BMW 328 Hommage
The BMW 328 Hommage, which was unveiled to mark the 75th birthday of the legendary BMW 328 racing car, is a marked departure from the other 328-inspired concept seen above. Built in the spirit of the original 328 but using modern materials, this running, driving car is made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic, with leather and aluminium sprinkled throughout to keep the driver and passenger happy.
It’d be an ideal car to blast around canyons in, too: no doors, only a little windscreen, and the iPhone docks are only provided so you’re able to use your phone as a stopwatch. Clever.
2015 3.0 CSL Hommage R concept
Just unveiled at Pebble Beach, this is an updated version of the earlier 3.0 CSL Hommage concept, and gains a racing-inspired paint scheme and bodywork refinements. Built to focus even more on the driver, the R variant adds a suite of advanced technology that will no doubt make its way to race tracks in the future: including a heads-up display built into the driver’s helmet.
Paying tribute to the 3.0 CSL race cars of the ’70s as well as BMW North America’s 40th anniversary, we think it’s a fitting concept to please both traditional enthusiasts and those who are looking forward to getting their driver’s licenses. After all, kids born in 2000 will be getting licenses for the first time next year—and will probably experience much of the technology in this car as the years roll past.
So: what’s the next historic car that BMW should pay tribute to? Read the full story at Petrolicious.com
Photos courtesy of BMW