The iconic BMW 3.0 CSL has received a one-off modern reinvention at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. This 3.0 CSL Hommage harks back to the much loved 3.0 CSL from the early 1970’s, the racing versions of which were dubbed ‘Batmobile’ and it is clear to see a certain level of inspiration in this 21st century version.
Unfortunately, this Hommage version will never grace the BMW production lines and the German manufacturer are adamant that this is a one off creation. Disappointing as this may be, it does give us a certain degree of understanding of what the future may hold for later BMW models. There is strong belief that this is a statement of BMW’s intent to create more aggressive and lighter models within their M division, which will pitch up against their fierce rivals, the AMG Black Series.
The first of these hardened M models is set to be the M4 GTS, where the launch will be held in the Summer of 2016. The previous member of Audi’s RS division and now boss of the BMW M series’, Frank van Meel has given strong backing for the go ahead to compete with their German rivals.
BMW have revealed very little in terms of specifications and performance for this new concept. It is a large two-door coupé which stands marginally larger than the current M6 and will powered by a 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine which works alongside an electric ‘e-boost’ motor for a bit of added grunt. It will also have some “cutting edge materials” such as carbon fibre to keep weight to a minimum.
This is certainly a very exciting car which holds some clues to the future of BMW’s performance division. More radical styling, a hybrid drivetrain aimed at performance and cars set to rival the infamous Black Series sounds like a blend that could produce some magnificent cars in the future.