A special concept car unveiled at the Villa d’Este concours pays tribute to the BMW 2002 Turbo
BMW has unveiled a new concept ‘Hommage’ car at this year’s Villa d’Este Concours, paying tribute to the iconic 2002 Turbo. This follows last year’s CSL Hommage car, in a tradition of modernized classic models that have been part of BMW’s show attractions since the 2006 Mille Miglia concept.
The latest 2002 ‘Hommage’ is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ’02 range, arguably one of the most significant cars in the company’s history, which was launched in 1.6-litre 1602 form in March 1966. The car morphed into the 2002 after a larger engine was fitted for the US market in 1968, with the ultimate turbocharged version making an appearance in 1973.
As the first production car to feature a Turbocharger, the 2002 Turbo has rightly become an icon. The latest Hommage car is built on the recently-launched M2, although features shorter overhangs and an all-new retro look.
At the front, BMW has chosen to fit a deep front spoiler, with reversed ‘Turbo’ lettering just like the very first 2002 Turbos. It also gets a pair of small headlights, which is a significant departure from the quad headlights of all recent models. They also feature a yellow tint to ape the look in period racing cars. Wide boxy wheelarches engulf the 20-inch wheels.
The M2’s quad tailpipes remain, but there are new taillights and a much squarer bumper. The Hommage does without a lairy rear spoiler, just like the original, however the car gets an E46 M3 CSL-style kick-up in the boot lid.
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