2011 BMW 328 Hommage

Back in the ’30s BMW unveiled the 328 - the most successful and best-looking sports car at that time. The car’s success was due to its impressive design parameters: systematic lightweight construction, aerodynamic lines, optimum engine types, and outstanding suspension technology. Now, as a celebration of the car’s 75th anniversary, BMW will unveiled the 328 Hommage at this year’s Mille Miglia. This model modernizes the principles and the character of the vehicle from back then and offers a possible interpretation of how the designers of that time, Fritz Fiedler and Rudolf Schleicher, might have built the BMW 328 if they had the use of our current technology.

"With the BMW 328 Hommage, we wish to pay homage to the passion and inventiveness of the fathers of the BMW 328", explains Karl Bäumer, CEO of BMW Group Classic. "They created an icon, which is consid-ered a milestone in the history of the automobile."

UPDATE 05/23/2011: BMW revealed the first details on the 328 Hommage earlier this weekend and now it’s time to see the concept in action at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. At that same event, the concept won the title of "best of show" in the "Concept Cars and Prototypes" category. Hit the jump for the video.

UPDATE 05/31/2011: BMW has revealed a rather cool video of the 328 Hommage that captures the brand new concept car in action. The movie was filmed around BMW Design.

UPDATE 06/06/2011: BMW has unveiled a new cool video in which it compared the new 328 Hommage concept to the model that inspired it: the classic 328. A must see for anyone out there!

Hit the jump to read more about the BMW 328 Hommage.

Exterior

BMW 328 Hommage

The BMW 328 Hommage weighs only 1720 lbs and that’s because major parts of the exterior and interior are made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). The exterior design language uses the same treatment that was applied for the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept .

The 328 Hommage gets an extremely wide and flat front end with generous surfaces and a powerful appearance. A carbon fiber bonnet and low-reaching sidewalls will ensure an excellent stability for the 328 on the road. As a result, the vehicle appears to be even flatter and more dynamic as a whole.

And, of course, in order to distinguish it as a BMW model, the 328 Hommage will feature a vertically mounted kidney grille dynamically incorporated into the flat silhouette. The kidney grille bars are more prominently curved than the kidney grille surround itself. The vehicle displays the extremely round and appealing design of the original BMW 328 kidney grille when viewed from the side. At the rear, the 328 Hommage is defined by large vents and openings and circular tailpipes. The concept sits on two-part light alloy wheels.

Interior

BMW 328 Hommage

The interior of the 328 Hommage gets fine leather, matte and high-gloss black polished aluminum, and numerous details derived from motor racing, offering a hint of the BMW 328’s most successful motor sports career.

A slightly asymmetrically designed windscreen marks the area in which the driver and co-driver sit. High-gloss aluminum safety buckles are combined with leather and different carbon fiber elements. The interior of the 328 Hommage is defined by two large surface areas – so-called layers. One of them extends towards the driver, revealing the entire driver’s workplace comprising steering wheel, control elements and scoop, thereby separating the driver and co-driver areas from each other. The second layer begins next to the scoop, making a sweep towards the co-driver, then floating freely in front of him.

Engine

BMW 328 Hommage

BMW hasn’t revealed any details on the concept’s technical specifications. All they have said so far is that the 328 Hommage will use a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. More details will be revealed soon, but since the concept is just a design exercise, it really has no chance of seeing production.

When Can I Buy One?

BMW 328 Hommage

Well, never. The BMW 328 Hommage was created in order to pay tribute to an impressive classic car and has no chance of being put into production.

BMW 328 Hommage
LOVE IT
  • Great look
  • Carbon fiber elements
  • Impressive technology
LEAVE IT
  • Just a concept car

28 comments:

Well, it’s a good thing that they are releasing the video of this baby early. That way, we can assess if this one is indeed a worthy ride and from the looks of it, it really is.

I hope that BMW didn’t have any plan to put this one on the market, aside from, I found it over designed, I also find it very lousy or awful on its appearance, sorry to say, but I think they should enhance it first.

Too bad it is not for sale. It is only used as a tribute. I wonder why they post this one on TOPSPEED yet they don’t want to sell this. They just want to make us ooze with the car.

It seems that carbon fiber material used in the car really help to increase its speed performance. However, I think its exterior still need a major modification. IMO, it would be better if they line up this car for production.

Wow! The bet everyone would love to drive this car since its lighter and it comes up with a newer suspension technology. Too bad that its just a concept vehicle. I would love to see its engine used on their future production.

Honestly, I wasn’t impressed on the styling of the car especially the front and I think it would be better if they remained this car into its concept version. However, I want to see its elegant interior on their future model car.

With the carbon fiber material used in the vehicle I bet it would be a high performing vehicle! The styling of the car is quite impressive and elegant. I wonder if BMW have plan in making a production version for this car?

Well, with the carbon fiber material used in the car I bet its figure performance would be impressive. Too bad that it doesn’t got its way on production. BTW, I want to see its detailing on future production.

The car is not that impressive and I think its away from being sporty. Well, I guess it would be better if they have used the detailing here for their future production.

What’s happening to BMW? Oh please! I don’t want to see this car on production though the interior seems to be so elegant and its technology is quite impressive as well.

hmm. It seems that there are line up in the future production of BMW. And based on my opinion this car is not sexy at all. I think if it will passed on production this car would be the ugliest BMW ever!

It seems that BMW have fulfill its promised to use the detailing of VisionDynamic concept for their future production. And I guess this is the hint that this car would be in the production soon.

Heck! With the awesome introduction of this car no wonder why it won as the best concept cars. Well, I still don’t on what’s BMW waiting before waiting producing this car.

Hmm, it seems that BMW is really drumming up a lot of people’s interest in the Hommage. Well, I really won’t be surprised if it works, since this one really looks like a great car.

This car has really lots of things to show. But the most outstanding part of it for me is its mags and wheels. Also it has a really good noise perfect for fast riders...

Don’t tell me that the fate of this car would be similar to Vision ConnectedDrive Concept, concept car forever! I think everyone wants this car. I really hope to see its production version

I really hate the BMW for not making the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept into production! However, the flat front end makes this car similar with that concept including the interior.

Well, if I were to have it my way, I would rather see the car as a permanent display in the BMW museum rather than being auctioned off in a private collection. More people will appreciate its beauty that way.

Well, it seems that this one is nothing more than a one off car. They would probably be auctioning it after the celebrations, or they would permanently put it on display.

How many models are they going to produce from this one? I heard that this is indeed going to be a very limited release, which is not really surprising, considering how exclusive this ride is.

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