BMW has revealed its first teaser shot of the 3.0 CSL Hommage. The car pays tribute to the legendary 1972 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’.
The 1972 3.0 CSL was produced as a homologation special to allow the car to race in the European Touring Car Championship.
With the ‘L’ signifying ‘light’, the car featured thinner steel panels, aluminium doors, bonnet and boot lid, removal of trim and soundproofing and Perspex side windows.
It had a slightly tuned 3 litre V6 engine. In 1973 a second version was released which had an uprated engine and a full aerodynamics package which earned the car its nickname.
The 2015 Hommage clearly takes inspiration from the later model, using ‘cutting edge’ materials including carbon fibre for lightness and a pared down minimalistic and purely functional interior.
The image shows us an exaggerated rear track with the rear haunch flowing up to form the support for the tribute spoiler. The ’70s side-stripe flows through this towards the back of the car, then swings forward and up around the trailing end of the haunch to describe the outline of the light, through which air flows.
It appears the light line continues along the spoiler. On the C-pillar is the BMW badge, just as it appeared on the original.
The 3.0 CSL Hommage is likely to be underpinned by the M4 platform with its 3 litre twin-turbo straight six. It will be unveiled to the world on 22 May 2015 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the banks of Lake Como.