Car enthusiasts who attended the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este were treated to something trully special, as BMW used the event to unveil the 3.0 CSL Hommage, a concept car paying tribute to the 3.0 CSL "Batmobile" of 1972. Built as a homologation car for what went on to become Munich’s most successful race car — with resounding wins at Sebring, Daytona and Talladega — the 3.0 CSL is now regarded as one of the most sought-after classic Bimmers. Obviously aware of that, BMW built the one-off 3.0 CSL Hommage to demonstrate that it hasn’t forgotten about its glorious past.

Although received with mixed feelings by BMW fanatics, the concept car remains a sight to behold. BMW not only replicated most of the "Batmobile’s" crazy aero package, but also made use of several trademark cues seen on the original 3.0 CSL, including the taillights, the massive rear wing and the Golf Yellow paint. The cockpit is equally striking, but what makes the Hommage that much more special is the powerplant under the hood.

I don’t know much about it, simply because BMW doesn’t share much besides the fact that it sports a "powerful six-cylinder in-line engine with eBoost," but it sounds better than I initially imagined. The Hommage might be powered by some sort of hybrid drivetrain, but that inline-six sounds downright gorgeous. And by "gorgeous" I mean like a race car. I only wish the M3 and M4 would be as aggressive as this concept with the pedal to the metal.

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage

2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage
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Find out more about the 3.0 CSL Hommage in our review here.

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