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3.0 CLS Hommage: Racing Flair with a Touch of Class

Published: Fri May 22, 2015 by Randy Wellington  |  Source: BMW
The sheer self-confidence and sporting prowess of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage 
are perfectly summed up in the original color of its spiritual predecessor - 
Golf Yellow.
The sheer self-confidence and sporting prowess of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage are perfectly summed up in the original color of its spiritual predecessor - Golf Yellow.

As a tribute to the 3.0 CSL, an iconic coupe from the 1970s, the German car maker unveiled the new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage concept at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

"Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how proud we are of our heritage, but also how important the past can be in determining our future," says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.

"CSL" stands for "Coupé Sport Leichtbau" (coupé, sport, lightweight).

3.0 CSL Hommage's Exterior Design

The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage features an elongated body, which is set off by distinctive air deflectors, powerful wheel arches and prominent spoilers to the roof and tail. Small rear-view cameras serve to further reduce aerodynamic drag. The large rear spoiler increases downforce on the driven rear axle and in so doing improves power transmission.

The sheer self-confidence and sporting prowess of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage are perfectly summed up in the original color of its spiritual predecessor - Golf Yellow.

Purist Elegance Inside

Pared down to a minimum, the interior of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage puts its lightweight design on show. All interior elements are there out of absolute necessity, every part has a design, structural or drive-related function. In the all-CFRP interior, the only wood-like presence is the "instrument panel" - a cross-member and purely structural element. This is a clear reference to the interior of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL, which featured an all-round wood trim throughout the interior.

Other racing features include bucket seats with high-quality stitching, a six-point belt and red anodized safety features such as the outlet nozzles for the extinguishing foam, the fire extinguisher itself, and the two switches on the center console for the emergency shut-off and fire extinguishing mechanism.

The door openers combine a DTM-style pull strap with the handle-integrated opener of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL, resulting in the hybrid solution of a nylon pull strap located directly behind the grab handle in the door.

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