Do you remember the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage? BMW paid tribute to one of its most iconic racing cars of recent decades with a modern reinterpretation of it. A reinterpretation presented a few months ago at the Vila d’Este Contest of Elegance on Lake Como, Italy. Now they take advantage of the Elegance Contest of Pebble Beach to present the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R. A tribute to 40 years of BMW in the United States and to the victory of the BMW 3.0 CSL in the IMSA series in the United States, also 40 years ago.
A racing livery for a very special 3.0 CSL
It is a much more graceful machine than the 3.0 CSL Hommage presented a few months ago in Italy.
If the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage was the street car, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R is the racing car. A clear tribute to the BMW 3.0 CSL of the IMSA Series competition, which replicates its decoration with great taste. I must admit that I did not like the lines of the 3.0 CSL Hommage. Perhaps it was its yellow color – which the consensus speaks of as inappropriate – but fortunately, mistakes can be corrected. This Hommage R is much more attractive, and the decoration enhances its lines instead of exposing them by its extremism.
BMW has done things well, and although the classic machine is still much more beautiful – it is an opinion – this Hommage R lives up to expectations. Their 21-inch matte gold wheels bring modernity to a set that pays tribute to BMW’s victory with its 3.0 CSL in the 1975 IMSA Series. That is why the front and rear sun visors can be read Bavarian Motor Works, in clear tribute to the BMW of the past. Another clear nod to the competition is the shape of “X” in the headlights, unfolding the daytime and crossover function.
The aggressive body kit continues to equip carbon fiber elements and it subtly varies the shape of the front air intakes, as well as the rear diffuser. It is the same car, but on steroids and much more aggressive. As it should be. Under the hood there is no talk of surprises, it continues to equip a 3.0 engine TwinPower Turbo with an electric turbo. The other car presented at Pebble Beach, the BMW M4 GTS, is equipped with a water injection system. It is a matter of time before a car combines both systems.
A pilot connected to the machine
Inside the car, everything is carbon fiber, but the dashboard is covered with natural wood. A wood in which the Laguna Seca layout is framed and where the 3.0 CSL from the 70s sealed its victory at the IMSA. The leather seats are now white and have stylish four-point seatbelts in BMW Motorsport colors. The instrumentation is still very minimalist, which clashes with a racing concept. The truth is that the instrumentation is more complete than ever. How?
It is projected inside the pilot’s helmet. A HUD technology with which some motorcycle manufacturers already want to experiment. The flow of information goes from the steering wheel to the pilot’s helmet, and LEDs on the sleeves of the suit – specially designed by Puma – light up when the information is active. Inside the helmet it is projected without interfering with vision all the information the driver might need. BWM has published a huge gallery in high resolution that you cannot miss.