The BMW 2002 Hommage is an M2-based Retro Thriller
Just in time for the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’este, BMW revealed a stunning concept today that is just magnificent. Unlike last year’s concept, the automaker chose to blend retro and contemporary styling cues to give every kidney grille fan a real treat.
Last year, BMW shared with the world a 3.0L CSL Hommage that contained some cool ideas, but felt disjointed, and to my eyes was even a tad ugly. Many people felt that BMW had lost its way, but this year BMW hit back, knocking it out of the park with a concept known simply as the 2002 Hommage.
Based on the M2, the concept arrives just in time for the 50th anniversary of the 2002 — the car that put BMW on the map. Borrowing some cues from the 2002 Turbo of old while keeping some of the M2’s design language, the striking concept shows what we all want from the automaker: sporting, dashing design.
From the 2002’s squared front, to the “turbo” badging on the front fascia, this car is a greatest hits compilation of the original 2002 and the Turbo. Quad tailpipes, carbon fiber, and LED lighting inject modernity into the quasi-retro design. M mirrors remain, along with a wide stance.
There’s no word on the concept’s power figures, but since it is based on the M2, you can take an educated guess. Still, horsepower and torque isn’t important when dealing with a concept. Take a moment to look at this car and appreciate it. If anything, this proves that Bimmer can still make a stunning vehicle.
We can only hope that BMW adopts more of this design language in the future.
[Images: BMW Group]
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