Revealed: 2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept

Justin Hyde
·Managing Editor

If fans consider BMW "the ultimate driving machine," it's in large part due to the 1970s-era BMW 3.0 CSL. The "Batmobile" was introduced in 1972 as a factory-built yet race-ready derivation of BMW's everyday coupes, lightened and given a slighly larger engine. They dominated European racing in their era, won their class at Le Mans, and generally gave BMW a new level of credibility in motorsport.

To mark that car, BMW revealed today the 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept at the Concorso d'Eleganza in Italy, and the four-decade gap between the two has never looked so big. The Hommage " celebrates many of those characteristic features, but without copying them," says Karim Habib, chief of BMW exterior design. "Indeed, some of the parallels are not immediately obvious. We wanted people to sense the family resemblance rather than see it straight off.” By that measure, only the wing bears a close resemblance to the original; the squeezed laser headlamps and multi-pocketed interior look far more sci-fi than the original. Check out the gallery for a closer look.