BMW Revives 3.0 CSL

BMW Revives 3.0 CSL

BMW took the wraps off their tribute to the iconic 3.0 CSL of yesteryear. Revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the 3.0 CSL Hommage is a modern interpretation of the original lightweight performance car from days of yore.

But it isn’t just a nod to the past, according to the manufacturer. BMW says it’s a demonstration of what the future might hold. Ok, the official return of the 3.0 CSL may not happen just yet – but the materials employed in the concept could very well filter down to BMW’s production car range soon.

Finished in a shade BMW calls Golf Yellow, the Hommage clearly harks back to the styling cues of the original, from the side and rear angles anyway. The jury is still out on that frontal design, however. There are no side mirrors, with small cameras doing duty instead. BMW’s Air Curtain and Air Breather systems alleviate pressure in the wheel housings. And at the rear, a large spoiler serves to increase downforce.

That purist theme continues on the inside, where lightweight CFRP has been used liberally. It’s minimalistic, as you’ll see from the pictures. There’s not much in the way of infotainment, BMW says the only information the driver really needs to see is the speed, current gear, revs and shift point. Two helmets sit in the rear and are held in place by a belt when not in use. BMW hasn’t offered much detail on the output of the concept, but they confirmed it does have a straight-six engine along with what they call eBoost technology.

For a different take on the 3.0 CSL Hommage, be sure to pick up a copy of the IgnitionLIVE print supplement today, in The Times and Sowetan newspapers.

IgnitionLIVE Reporter