BMW unveils 3.0 CSL Hommage
BMW has lifted the covers off a stunning new concept car, which pays homage to its iconic 3.0 CSL 'Batmobile' of the 1970s.
The latest in a line of 'Hommage' cars, the new model was unveiled at the exclusive Concorso d'Eleganza in Italy.
Like its spiritual successor, the new concept makes use of aggressive aerodynamic addenda, to the extent that BMW claims that it is the most ground-hugging model it has ever produced. The Tarmac-scraping front splitter leaves no doubt that this wild design study was crafted solely for glitzy show stands.
Indeed, BMW insists that the CSL Hommage will never make it into production, though elements from it are likely to filter down to its future 'M' performance cars, as the company eyes-up more extreme models to compete with Mercedes AMG's 'Black Series'.
This latest concept is rather larger than the diminutive CSL, however, being larger than BMW M's current flagship, the M6 Gran Coupe. Living up to its coupe, sport, lightweight badging, it is constructed from carbon fibre, much of which is visible having been treated in a clear lacquer. The rest of the bodywork is finished in the same 'Golf Yellow' paint as the original 3.0 CSL.
Technical details have not been confirmed other than the fact that the CSL Hommage uses a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine, which in typical BMW style, sends power to the rear wheels. Acceleration is enhanced by an 'e-boost' electric motor.
A spokesman for BMW said: "Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how proud we are of our heritage, but also how important the past can be in determining the future," Auto Express reports. With any luck, this is a thinly veiled hint that the CSL badge is likely to make a reappearance on a future production model. The brand already has a more hardcore version of its M4 coupe in the works.
What do you think of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage? Let us know in the comments section below.