The lightweight BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage pays tribute to the original 3.0 CSL Coupe from the 1970s.

Destined for the track, the oldschool 1970s BMW 3.0 CSL (Coupé Sport Leichtbau or coupé, sport, lightweight) was all about weight reduction and being pared down to the bare essentials with its aluminum hood, trunk, wings, and Plexglas windows. Around 200 kg lighter than its sibling BMW 3.0 CS, the old 3.0 CSL is certainly one of BMWs most iconic cars.

Fast forward today, the BMW Design Team’s tribute to their iconic model arrives with the 3.0 CSL Hommage, but gone is the aluminum in lieu of carbon fibre, or more specifically, carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) rendering a vastly more lightweight version of the CSL both inside and out.

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At first glance, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage may not present many obvious parallels to the throwback, but the design team incorporated the traditional attributes while still giving the newer version some distinction. The exterior finds an elongated body with distinct air deflectors; huge wheel arches and prominent spoilers to the roof and tail; a small rear-view camera; lighting graphics; and that vibrant Golf Yellow paint.

The muscular exterior and stripped interior aside, racing features include bucket seats with high-quality stitching, a six-point belt and red anodized safety features (i.e. fire extinguishing nozzles), two helmets integrated into the transmission tunnel, a DTM-style pull strap with the handle-integrated opener of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL.

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