BMW Redesigns the Classic 3.0 CSL

September 3rd, 2015 by


BMW has a long history of racing excellence. In 1975, BMW arrived on American soil and wowed everyone in the IMSA racing series with instant wins. The winning car was the BMW 3.0 CSL – a model recognized today as a classic of racing history. In its first year of competition, the 3.0 CSL won the 1975 constructors championship, proving to US automakers that Germany’s racing car was to be taken seriously.

Forty years later, to commemorate years of racing wins and forty years of selling cars in the United States, BMW has unveiled a modern interpretation of the 3.0 CSL— aptly-named the 3.0 CSL Hommage R. And it is gorgeous.

The original and iconic 3.0 CSL had striking cherry-red, navy, and folly colored bands wrapping down its boxy white frame. The Hommage does similar, incorporating the classic color scheme into modern-day aerodynamics with laser front lights and a signature new BMW kidney front grille. And instead of a standard steering wheel, the Hommage features an F1-style control yoke. “All the details from the BMW 3.0 CSL are present in the Hommage model,” BMW design chief Karim Habib said. “And they are all there to be discovered in their original form. It’s a bow to the 1975 car.”

Although we’re in love with the Hommage’s look, it’s just a concept car and not planned for production or commercial release. “Motor racing is all about the ability of cars to mesmerize, about the unbridled joy of driving,” BMW Group Design Senior Vice President Adrian van Hooydonk said. “And as such [the 3.0 Hommage R] represents the heartbeat of BMW.”

“Back in 1975, as today, winning races came down to how man and machine could work together. Technical innovations have taken the effectiveness of this partnership to ever great heights,” van Hooydonk said. “And with the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R we’re aiming to show how much closer the driver and car can grow in the future.”

We’re loving the Hommage – check out more photos of the racer here. Keeping checking here and with your friends at Elmhurst BMW for exciting updates and releases from the automaker with a history of excellence.

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