The 2002 Hommage got a new look for the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach

If you look back on this history of the Villa d’Este Concours event, you will find a lot of hype about models like the BMW CSL Hommage from last year and the 328 Hommage from before that. Needless to say, BMW likes to bring the past to present with some interesting concepts that pay tribute to older models from years past. This year, BMW is bringing another “very special model,” called the BMW 2002 Hommage, a model that is based on the BMW 2002 Turbo.

Underneath all the fancy body lines and the little pieces that trigger memories from way back when, the BMW 2002 Hommage is probably just an M2. Be that as it may, it’s still a pretty nice place to start. Adrian van Hooydonk, the Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, said, “Exactly 50 years ago, the 02 range kick-started an era of success for BMW. This compact coupe is one of the vehicles which made the brand what it is today. The 2002 sat at the top of the range and was the first series-produced car anywhere in Europe to come with turbo technology. That set the seal on the coupe as a genuine sports car. At the same time, the 2002 turbo was at the technological vanguard of engine development at BMW. The BMW 2002 Hommage is our way of raising a glass to all these achievements.”

Karim Habib, the Head of Design for BMW Automobiles, believes that the BMW 2002 Hommage “encapsulates BMW’s major motorsport triumphs” and is a “confident statement of unadulterated driving joy.” So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at BMW’s latest concept for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and what it’s all about.

Update 08-24-2016: We’ve created a new video that covers the highlights of the BMW 2002 Hommage. Click on play to see it for yourself.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 2002 Hommage.

BMW 2002 Hommage at 2016 Concours d’Elegance

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As you can see, BMW didn’t do much to the body aside from giving it a new paint job. But, that paint job is, arguably, a nice improvement over the previous look of the car. Even better yet, Carspotter Jeroen captured a video of it making its way to its trailer:

Exterior

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Up front, the BMW 2002 Hommage has a rather aggressive design with the fascia making up a huge vent on either side of the headlights. Those headlights, by the way, are also single-light units that harken back to the original 02 series. As usual, the front end still sports that iconic kidney bean grille, but on this model it has vertical slats that characterize the length of the front end. Down below, there is a carbon fiber front splitter with the inside, flat edge featuring red and blue stripes. The mesh in the air dam is also painted gloss black. The hood itself is smooth, but muscular at the same time with a central body line and more dominate lines to the outside.

There are certain cues that are inspired by the original 02 series, and more specifically the BMW 2002, but there are also plenty of modern design cues as well.

Moving over to the side of the 2002 Hommage, there are more smooth but muscular design cues. There is an excessively strong bodyline running from the front fender all the way back to the rear. The wheel arches are wide and sleek with the body sitting lower enough that the wheels almost sit flush with the edges of the wheel arches. Just behind the front wheel arch, the body kit creates a small vent that leads into a recess that runs along the bottom of the door. In front of the rear arch, the sculpted body line comes to a sharp point with a smaller opening at the bottom that acts as another vent. The rear wheel arch is almost completely smooth, with a light body line where the rear fascia meets the rear quarter. The only visible seams on the car are around the door, and those seams are extremely close together.

Around back there is a clear mixture of past and present in the overall design of the rear end. There are the twin dual exhaust outlets. The rear fascia is smooth toward the bottom, but as you move farther up just past the mild body line that runs the width of the fascia, there is an embedded reflector on each corner that also houses the reverse lights. The dark glass taillight lenses are connected with a glass strip that runs the width of the rear. The lenses feature two LED strips that encompass the outer and lower edges of the lenses for taillight functions. There is a BMW logo just to the right of the license plate recess.

The car itself is painted in a light baby blue, but the upper half of the car is painted in a matte finish to prevent any reflection from the sun – a feature common to race cars of the past. There are certain cues that are inspired by the original 02 series, and more specifically the BMW 2002, but there are also plenty of modern design cues as well. All told, it isn’t a bad design and it’s finally a concept that’s really worth looking at.

Interior

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As far as the interior goes, BMW has remained completely silent about what the inside of the BMW 2002 homage looks like. Considering the concept is probably an M2 under the skin, chances are you’ll see all of the M2’s appointments inside when the Concept makes its official debut. That said, expect to see the M2’s driver-oriented cabin, along with the M-specific features like the steering wheel, instrument cluster, and even the infotainment screen. I would expect to see plenty of fine leather and Alcantara throughout the cabin. Furthermore, I would expect to see other concept-specific add-ons that also pay homage to the 02 series of decades past.

Drivetrain

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As is the case with most “Hommage” concepts, this model is all about design and paying tribute to BMW’s past and current design philosophies. That means, like the interior, we have no idea about what is going on under the hood. Considering the idea that it is probably a modified M2, I suspect that the concept also has the same 3.0-liter that delivers 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. BMW says the exterior design provides aerodynamic cues that ensure optimal downforce at all times, so this baby might actually hug the track better than the M2. As far as we can tell, the concept should be able to hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and will likely top out at 155. Expect to see a six-speed manual transmission under the hood as well.

Conclusion

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I can’t help but say that I’m rather impressed by the overall exterior design of this concept. It’s highly aggressive, sporty, and seems like it is probably the best adaptation of the M2 that we’ll probably see for years to come. It’s too bad that Bimmer didn’t go all out and provide us with specifications for the interior and drivetrain, but I’m still holding onto hope that we’ll get more specifics in the near future. Until then, what more can I say than to enjoy the design excellence that is the BMW 2002 Hommage. I think the concept is more about mixing the past with the present than necessarily paying homage to the previous models, but that’s just my opinion. It’s an awesome look, and I challenge all of the aftermarket companies out there to offer a similar visual package for the M2 – I know I wouldn’t mind driving an M2 with that kind of exterior design.

  • Leave it
    • * Just a concept
    • * No real specifications for interior or drivetrain
    • * Will never see production

Update History

Updated 08/23/2016: We added a series of images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours. Check the picture gallery to see the concept’s new livery and let us know if you like it better than the old one.

Update 08-19-2016: BMW repainted the BMW 2002 Hommage from the Villa d’Este Concours earlier this year to pay hommage to the birth of the turbocharged car. Check out the new images in our review below as well as a video supplied by Carspotter Jeroen.

Updated 05/24/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Also, hit "play" to see how stunning the concept looks on the red carpet. Enjoy!

Press Release

The BMW Group has created a very special car for this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to pay tribute to one of the most significant models in its history. First and foremost, the BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the extraordinary feats of engineering behind the BMW 2002 turbo – and re-imagines them as a design study for our times.

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“Exactly 50 years ago, the 02 range kick-started an era of success for BMW. This compact coupe is one of the vehicles which made the brand what it is today,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The 2002 sat at the top of the range and was the first series-produced car anywhere in Europe to come with turbo technology. That set the seal on the coupe as a genuine sports car. At the same time, the 2002 turbo was at the technological vanguard of engine development at BMW. The BMW 2002 Hommage is our way of raising a glass to all these achievements.”

A confident statement of unadulterated driving joy.

“The eye-catching design of the BMW 2002 Hommage employs a very dynamic, striking use of forms for its own take on what is, for me, one of the most iconic vehicles in BMW history,” says Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles. “At the same time, it encapsulates BMW’s major motor sport triumphs, which were made possible by turbo technology. As such, the Hommage car brings together the past and future of BMW into a confident statement of unadulterated driving joy.”

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. Aerodynamic details like the large spoilers at the front and rear team up with the profusion of air intakes to optimise airflow around the car and maximise downforce in every driving situation.

Historic details with a modern twist.

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Inspired by the signature chrome strip that ringed the 02 in its day, a horizontal carbon band wraps itself around the shoulderline of the BMW 2002 Hommage and splits the body visually into separate sections. The upper tranche of roof, bonnet and boot lid has matt paintwork to prevent reflection of the sun’s rays –
in a reference to racing cars of yore. The body’s lines here are minimalist, clearly drawn and flowing in nature. The lower section creates a definite contrast, with its high-gloss paintwork, very bold, sculptural surfaces, and distinctive lines that infuse the flanks with a contemporary flavour and draw the eye to the driven rear wheels. The Space Race Metal paintwork drapes itself over the BMW 2002 Hommage like liquid metal. In both its matt and gloss form, the light metallic blue finish changes in appearance from a brightly fluorescent blue to grey, depending on the incidence of light, and lends the surfacing a dynamic sense of depth. As a result, the car’s whole body brims with power and energy.

A particularly striking feature of the car’s flanks are the voluminously moulded wheel arches, which frame the body like four brackets and add stature. In the process, they recall the homologated version of the BMW 2002 turbo, which needed broad extensions bolted onto its body to accommodate a significantly wider track. The Hommage car integrates this detail neatly into flanks designed with clear dedication to the job at hand. Slick surfacing and precisely chiselled lines envelop the powerful wheel arches and hand them a starring role. 20-inch 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.

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The front end of the BMW 2002 Hommage is a confident and extravagantly dynamic affair; its styling bridges a gap of 50 years in combining the characteristic, horizontal graphic of the 02 range with modern elements of BMW design. The front end is framed visually by the prominent wheel arches. And the wide track and low-slung body provide an ample canvas for generously-sized surfaces. In its lines and form, the bonnet references the “spear” contour stretching down the centre of the 02 models that swells slightly into a surround for the BMW logo as it approaches the kidney grille. Further precise lines lend structure and definition to the matt surface.

Occupying centre stage at the front end is the familiar BMW kidney grille.
Here, it takes the form of a low-standing, connected unit, offering a flesh slant on the kidneys’ historical rendering as a cohesive design element. Sculpted, black double-bars add finesse to the details of the broad-set grille. Like the BMW 2002, the BMW 2002 Hommage also has two single headlights that provide the striking front end with its outer limits. The headlights are bordered by reflectors, whose gold colouring is a pointer to the “golden” 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002’s launch. The reflectors also reprise the yellow hue commonly found in the headlights of racing cars back in the day. An unbroken black strip creates a fitting visual platform for the kidneys and headlights, brings together the stylistic elements of the front end and, in so doing, underlines the car’s wide and athletic stance. 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 into a full-width strip (in carbon on the Hommage car) above them.

The large front apron, a stylistic nod to those models of the 1970s, shortens the visual distance between the BMW 2002 Hommage and the road and shines a bright spotlight on its driver focus. Together with the car’s wide, sporting stance, this technically innovative, forward-thinking design sends out a message of top-class roadholding and handling flair through fast corners. Now, as in the heyday of the BMW 2002, design excellence and turbo technology bring unsurpassed levels of fun to twisty race tracks, country roads and mountain passes alike. The BMW Motorsport livery of the front apron and its “turbo” lettering in mirror writing casts the mind back to the original decals of the 2002 turbo, as does the exterior mirror cap on the driver’s side. Accent surfaces in exposed carbon mark the point where the front apron and side skirts hand over to the road, and also provide a technically alluring contrast to the body-coloured surfaces.

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Bringing matters to a sporting conclusion.

The rear-end design of the BMW 2002 Hommage also calls on elements of the 2002 turbo. For example, the horizontal sub-division of the car’s generous surfaces and its clear lines make a width-emphasising and thus suitably dynamic statement, laced with modern feel. The form of the rear lights is inspired by the same historical blueprint. The almost rectangular lights provide a stylistic border for the rear end. The glass covers have a contemporary black-panel look and only offer a view of the inner workings when the lights illuminate. All you can see when they are dormant is an unbroken black surface. As at the front of the car, this strengthens the impression of a strip wrapped around the car.
The BMW logo to the right of the license plate between the two rear lights is likewise a characteristic element of 02 rear styling. The muscular wheel arches bookend the rear section and accentuate the wide track, while precise spoiler lips bring a modern edge to the car’s detailing. A carbon diffuser integrates the now familiar two sets of twin exhaust tailpipes and wraps up the rear styling with a sporting flourish.

BMW’s fresh interpretation of the BMW 2002 adopts the form of a compact sports coupe in the classical tradition of BMW Hommage cars. But more than that, the BMW 2002 Hommage represents a clear statement of how pure driving pleasure is defined in 2016.

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