BMW 2002 Hommage Concept, celebrating the birth of the turbocharged performance car
At the 2016 Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, BMW Group showed the 2002 Hommage Concept to highlight its successful history with turbocharged engines. In 1973, the BMW 2002 turbo became the first series-produced vehicle in Europe to feature turbo technology, and this advent of BMW turbo technology led the way for milestones such as the first Formula One World Championship title for a turbocharged car and, more crucially, the development of the fastest BMW performance road cars ever - cars like the BMW M2, on which the 2002 Hommage is based, for instance.
The 2002 Hommage’s compact proportions – complete with long wheelbase, short overhangs, distinctive 'shark nose' and pronounced wheel arches – are unmistakably influenced by the homologated version of the BMW 2002 Turbo. The classic model is referenced in details throughout the Hommage’s lines: the horizontal 02 Series grille graphic; the 'spear' contour stretching down the centre of the bonnet; the two single, round, yellow headlights and separate indicators; and the mirrored turbo decals. Also harking back to motorsport versions of the 2002 is the orange colour scheme with unifying 'waterline', an unbroken carbon-fibre line that wraps around the car from front to rear.
In stark contrast, modern design touches give the Hommage more than a hint of modern day turbocharged performance, with the 20-inch light-alloy wheels in bi-colour design, carbon-fibre rear diffuser, pair of twin exhausts and numerous gaping air intakes, hinting at the kind of high performance that defines the modern day sporting BMW. BMW’s fresh interpretation of the BMW 2002 adopts the form of a compact sports coupé in the classical tradition of BMW Hommage cars, but more than that, it represents a clear statement of how pure driving pleasure is defined in 2016, as translated onto the public road by the incredible BMW M cars and all turbocharged BMW models.