Stunning BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage concept inspired by the brand’s wicked 70’s ‘Batmobile’ racing car revealed.
BMW’s back catalogue is one of the finest in the automotive industry. The Bavarian brand has delivered some absolute belters in the past and it acknowledges the importance of its past and how it influences the future. Highlights of the firm’s past include the original BMW M1, E28 M5, E30 M3, E46 M3 CSL, the E63 M5 V10 monster and of course the E9 3.0 CSL – the original homologation road racer.
It’s that 70’s 3.0 CSL that BMW is celebrating today with the new 3.0 CSL Hommage concept at this year’s Villa d’Este concours. The original CSL – nicknamed the Batmobile – was an endurance racing legend which BMW built 1265 examples of between 1972 and 1975. Over the years original CSLs have become something of a collectors item, with good ones valued at around $400,000.
Like the more recent E46 M3 CSL, the 3.0 racer was a study in weight reduction. Where modern M cars typically use carbon fibre though, this car was all about aluminium and thin-guage steel – mostly because carbon fibre wasn’t really used in cars back then.
The new 3.0 CSL Hommage is a blend of retro styling with a modern take on light weight construction. Like the original, it features extra wide bolt on front fenders, with a new take on the long kidney grille. The towering rear wing though is what gives this car its clear link to the 70’s classic. Look closer and there’s also a a small roof spoiler. The overall proportions too are obviously reminiscent of the original 3.0 CSL despite the show car being clearly influenced by BMW’s i8 supercar too. Look at the way the rear wheel arch kicks up from behind the front door.
Like the i8, the 3.0 CSL is also a hybrid and powered by a six-cylinder E-boost power train. The six-cylinder is likely the 3.0-litre twin-turbo unit from the new M3/4.
At this stage it’s officially a concept car, but BMW will celebrate its 100-year anniversary next year and the 3.0 CSL would make a fitting birthday gift to itself. Fingers crossed.