Top Gear discuss the stunning 2002 Turbo Hommage Concept04/08/2016
“Just drink in those looks.”
The BMW 2002 Hommage concept became the “latest in a long line of BMW concepts honouring past icons”, when it was revealed at the historic automotive show Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este.
Despite a recent focus on the future, looking towards the upcoming 100 years, BMW are not turning their backs on their roots and the cars that have made the brand great, honouring the 2002 Turbo with M2-based reincarnation.
Why the 2002 Turbo?
It was the “first mass-produced European car to feature a turbo, and an evolution of a saloon that not only helped turn BMW’s fortunes around but would become an integral part of its DNA.” What elements of the traditional model have been kept?
“The front apron echoes the 2002 with its reverse Turbo script, while the “shark nose” flows up to that speared bonnet (just like the original 02s) with a matt finish, sat atop a large kidney grille.”
“The roof and bootlid too, are also matt, and on either side sit those fabulous wheelarches. BMW wanted to reimagine them as being bolted on, “like four brackets”.”
How has it been modernized?
The Hommage model has “flowing carbon-fibre lines [which] neatly tie up BMW’s ongoing love affair with the material”
“As it’s based on the BMW M2, it’s “as effective as possible in terms of production”. The powertrain – all fancy 3.0-litre turbocharged six-pot – remains as before”
“For this 2002 Hommage concept, they added the exhaust from the BMW M235i Racing”
So, will we be seeing this model brought to life?
Speaking to Top Gear, BMW chief designer Karim Habib has hinted at the possibility of taking this model further than just a concept, saying “if we are to do a small run of these, they’d also be carbon fibre” and that “there seems to be a market for it…I’m positive towards it”.
Whilst this is far from set in stone, we certainly have our fingers crossed!