Wait! There's a NEW BMW 3.0CSL?

Nic Crowther
Wed 20 May

For lovers of classic cars, one of the most head-turning to emerge from the BMW stable was the 3.0 CSL – otherwise known as The Batmobile.

This gorgeous coupe was introduced in 1972. For the trainspotters among us, in this vehicle the L stood for ‘light’ rather than ‘long’ in every other BMW built before and after. Less than 1300 were built up until 1975, but they were spectacular stars of the European Touring Car circuit.

Next week, at the Concorso d'EleganzaBMW will unveil the BMW 3.0 Hommage. We‘ve only received the briefest tease, but we like what we see. As with the stunning M1 Concept of a last decade, we can expect something spectacular from the masters of Munich.

Here it is:


Here is the release in full, should you feel like a quick trip to Northern Italy.



Munich/Cernobbio. On 22 May 2015, the BMW Group will unveil the new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage to the global public for the first time at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. This model is the BMW Design Team's tribute to the BMW 3.0 CSL, a timeless classic and iconic BMW Coupe from the 1970s. The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is a nod to the engineering achievement exemplified by the BMW 3.0 CSL in its lightweight design and performance. The Hommage draws on the character of the earlier model and endows it with cutting-edge materials to translate it into the present in a new and exciting guise.

Exclusive, confident, athletic: the exterior design.

The design of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage exudes sheer dynamics, with the body framed by striking air deflectors, powerful wheel arches and a prominent roof and rear spoiler. The stretched flanks serve as an elegant counterpoint to the distinctly sporty front and rear end. Subtle and finely sculpted surfaces convey dynamics and exclusivity, while the extensive use of carbon fibre for the lower section highlights the car's systematic lightweight design concept.

Elegant purism: the interior design.

The rigorously pared-down interior of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage renders its lightweight concept not only visible but tangible as well. All the elements in the cabin are absolutely essential and each constituent has a high-quality structural or driving-related function. In its materials and detail solutions, the Hommage displays technical supremacy and formal sophistication. Like the interior as a whole, it reflects the special character of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage, embodying as it does a consummate combination of lightweight design, sportiness and elegance.