Wait, what?

Remember the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R concept from 2015? Silly us, of course you do. But we bet you didn’t think there’d be the slightest possibility of seeing it in road-legal guise, as it is, right?

Well, Supercar Blondie got to drive, rev, and explore the concept in and out right inside BMW’s home, but she also had a chat with the carmaker’s Head of Design Domagoj Dukec, who let it slip that for the right kind of customer - we are guessing the filthy rich type - BMW could actually build the concept and make it road-ready.

A road-going BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage that keeps its design intact? Is this a dream?

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For now, we are taking Mr. Dukec’s words with a pinch of salt, but, hell, what if? Aren’t you tired of seeing concept cars that look simply astonishing only to be morphed into meh-looking road-legal cars a couple of years after their debut? We know we are. And just think about it: what paints a better picture of exclusivity other than owning a concept car and not the vehicle that came from it? Pretty much nothing, we’ll tell you that much.

Speaking of the hypothetical chance of getting an as-is BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R, the video also mentions that it packs around 500 horsepower and we know from previous reports that the oomph comes from an inline-six engine (supposedly displacing three liters, duh!) slapped with two turbos and an electric boost device of sorts. So, yeah, 500 horsepower does sound right given the hardware used here.

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According to U.K.’s Car Magazine, the 3.0 CSL Hommage R sees its engine bolted to the 4 Series Coupé’s running gear, a stock eight-speed automatic gearbox, and “the largest brakes Brembo could supply.” Now, can you see why this prototype can easily make it into production in its current shape and layout?

As most of you know, the 3.0 CSL Hommage R is a nod back to the race version of BMW’s 3.0 CSL also known as the “Batmobile.” The nickname came from the street car’s rear wing, which itself has a cool story. The production car didn’t come with the wing installed from the factory. Instead, customers would find it in the trunk, so they had to mount it themselves after the purchase.

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Only 167 BMW 3.0 CSLs were ever made, so don’t act surprised if you hear one of these fetched $500,000 at auction.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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