To mark the 75th anniversary of the BMW 328's debut, the Bavarian automaker introduced the BMW 328 Hommage concept car at the Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance. BMW has used the concours at Lake Como to introduce similar retro-themed show cars before, and this year's effort is clearly aimed at the recapturing the racing heritage of the 328 2-seater that bowed in the 1930s.
The 328 Hommage is a tidy 2-place roadster that features a cut-down asymmetric windshield, cutouts instead of doors, leather hood straps and black accents on the headlamps to mimic the x-pattern of tape that was often sported by competition machines back then. The large wheels are also equipped with knock-off hubs.
The car is sleek, with classic long hood, short rear deck proportions. The traditional twin kidney grille is made of aluminum and is flanked by single headlamps. The door cutouts are reminiscent of the BMW Z1 sports car, which had doors that would drop into the sills — in this case, there are no doors, just the low openings. The rear of the car features fairings that extend rearward from the seat-mounted roll hoops.
Beneath the long hood is a 3.0-liter inline-6, mated to a sequential-shift gearbox that has a lever located high on the center console close to the steering wheel.
Retro Look, Cutting-Edge Materials
While the car has plenty of retro styling cues, the materials used are cutting-edge. The body features extensive use of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic. The surface is unpainted to show off the weave pattern of the material. The extensive use of carbon helps reduce overall weight. The BMW 328 Hommage tips the scales at just 1720 lb.
The minimalist approach is also evident in the layout of the cockpit. There is just a single large tachometer, and the only other visible instruments are for oil pressure, oil temp and water temp. Again, while it looks simple, there is an element of high tech in the twin iPhone receivers on top of the center of the dash. This allows the iPhones to be used for timing and navigation. The left unit can be programmed to function as a chronometer, while the passenger side's phone displays maps and directions.
In true racing tradition, the sport seats are fitted with 4-point harnesses and the car is also equipped with an emergency shut-off switch called a "bone." Meant as a design exercise only, the BMW 328 Hommage will not be available as a production car. A pity.
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The front of it looks like the creature in Dune who lived in the watery/spice filled container...ick!
Good everywhere else, ugly grill.