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BMW 2002 Hommage revealed at Pebble Beach

The BMW 2002 Hommage has been revealed at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach.

WHEN THE BMW 2002 turbo hit the streets in 1973 it was the first series-produced vehicle to feature turbocharging. It was an instant hit and is now an icon of BMW’s past.

“The BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the extraordinary feats of engineering on which BMW turbo technology is based and re-interprets them in the form of a design study,” said Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles. “With its iconic orange/black paintwork, the car has a colour scheme and livery synonymous in the minds of many motor sport fans with the triumphs of the 1970s.”

This BMW 2002 Hommage is a refreshed version of the one shown at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in May.

Like the original 2002 turbo, the Hommage model has flared guards which have been done in such a way as to hint at the homologated version of the 2002 turbo, which needed broad extensions bolted onto its body to accommodate a significantly wider track.

Aping the original car is a ‘waterline’ which helps to create a demarcation line for the top and bottom of the vehicle. 20-inch light-alloy wheels in bi-colour. Like the BMW 2002, the 2002 Hommage also has two single round headlights that provide the striking front end with its outer limits. The headlights’ reflective gold colouring is a pointer to the “golden” 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002’s launch. The headlights also reprise the yellow hue commonly found in the headlamps of racing cars back in the day. The large front apron is a stylistic and functional aerodynamic nod to BMW cars of the 1970s. The “turbo” lettering in mirror writing on the front apron borrows from the original decals.

That’s all well and good, but BMW should just hurry and build the thing and sell it, am I right?


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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober