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BMW 2002 Hommage Concept Unveiled at Villa d’Este

By Paul Joseph

Among the array of eye-catching cars on display at the recent Villa d’Este concours d’elegance in Italy was the BMW 2002 Hommage, an M2-based compact coupé concept.

Created to mark the 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002 turbo, the new concept is billed as a design study that reimagines the engineering behind the original model.

Based on the popular M2, the concept sits low, with compact proportions and a long wheelbase, while having short overhangs and a prominent so-called “shark nose”.

Aerodynamic details include larger spoilers at the front and rear and a number of air intakes to optimise airflow and maximise downforce.

Reflecting the signature chrome strip of the original, the 2002 Hommage has a horizontal carbon fibre band around the shoulder line, which splits the body of the car into two distinct sections.

Like the BMW 2002, the concept has two single headlights and separate turn signal repeaters embedded into a full-width strip (in carbonfibre on the Hommage car) above them. The car also features 20in alloys with bi-colour design and gold-coloured brake calipers.

“Exactly 50 years ago, the 02 range kick-started an era of success for BMW,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Design. “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 coupé 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.”

No powertrain or performance information has been released on the concept, with a BMW spokesperson saying the model is “a styling exercise to celebrate a car from the past, not a vision of what might come”.

Earlier this year, BMW unveiled an advanced new self-driving concept car at a gala ceremony held to mark its 100th anniversary at the company’s first ever factory, now home to its Classic department, in Munich, Germany.

By Paul Joseph