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Pebble Beach "Hommage" to BMW CSL 3.0

BMW has twice paid homage to its 3.0 CSL this year
BMW has twice paid homage to its 3.0 CSL this year
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The 3.0 CSL Hommage R has been designed to celebrate 40 years of BMW in the USA
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The 3.0 CSL Hommage R has been designed to celebrate 40 years of BMW in the USA
The CSL Hommage R and its classic cousin on the road together
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The CSL Hommage R and its classic cousin on the road together
The CSL 3.0 Hommage R features a beautiful throwback paintjob
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The CSL 3.0 Hommage R features a beautiful throwback paintjob
The Hommage's styling is a bit bloated for our tastes
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The Hommage's styling is a bit bloated for our tastes
BMW's 3.0 CSL is a racing legend
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BMW's 3.0 CSL is a racing legend
The 3.0 CSL Hommage R is designed with the driver in mind
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The 3.0 CSL Hommage R is designed with the driver in mind
That huge rear wing incorporates LED taillights
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That huge rear wing incorporates LED taillights
Putting the old and new BMWs side-by-side shows just how well proportioned the old car's design is
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Putting the old and new BMWs side-by-side shows just how well proportioned the old car's design is
Inside, there are very few concessions to driver comfort
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Inside, there are very few concessions to driver comfort
The bucket seats are designed to hold the driver tight, so they can react quickly to anything that happens in a race
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The bucket seats are designed to hold the driver tight, so they can react quickly to anything that happens in a race
BMW and Puma have designed the race suit that goes with the CSL Hommage R to light up when the driver's hands are on the wheel, but unlighted when hands are off the wheel
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BMW and Puma have designed the race suit that goes with the CSL Hommage R to light up when the driver's hands are on the wheel, but unlighted when hands are off the wheel
The interior has been designed with a focus on lightweight performance
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The interior has been designed with a focus on lightweight performance
The driver's helmet transmits key info about the car to the driver
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The driver's helmet transmits key info about the car to the driver
There is a smaller, secondary information display on the dash
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There is a smaller, secondary information display on the dash
BMW has twice paid homage to its 3.0 CSL this year
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BMW has twice paid homage to its 3.0 CSL this year
The BMW badge on the rear three quarter panel is a throwback to the one on the original 3.0 CSL
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The BMW badge on the rear three quarter panel is a throwback to the one on the original 3.0 CSL
The CSL Hommage R's styling is almost unchanged from the styling on the Hommage from earlier in the year
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The CSL Hommage R's styling is almost unchanged from the styling on the Hommage from earlier in the year
The oversized kidney grille is designed to highlight BMW's most famous design trait
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The oversized kidney grille is designed to highlight BMW's most famous design trait
The Hommage R's rollcage is integrated into the roof
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The Hommage R's rollcage is integrated into the roof
The Hommage R is blessed with classic long bonnet, short boot proportions
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The Hommage R is blessed with classic long bonnet, short boot proportions
The rear is the best angle on this car, with its wide LED lights
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The rear is the best angle on this car, with its wide LED lights
Father and son, side by side
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Father and son, side by side
BMW has been in the USA for 40 years
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BMW has been in the USA for 40 years
The Hommage R being assembled
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The Hommage R being assembled
The Hommage R's LED taillights flow into the rear wing very neatly
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The Hommage R's LED taillights flow into the rear wing very neatly
BMW's new readouts are designed to keep things simple for the driver
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BMW's new readouts are designed to keep things simple for the driver
The 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the Quail gathering at Monterey Car Week
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The 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the Quail gathering at Monterey Car Week
The 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the Quail gathering at Monterey Car Week
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The 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the Quail gathering at Monterey Car Week
The 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the Quail gathering at Monterey Car Week
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The 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the Quail gathering at Monterey Car Week
The 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the Quail gathering at Monterey Car Week
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The 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the Quail gathering at Monterey Car Week
The 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the Quail gathering at Monterey Car Week
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The 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the Quail gathering at Monterey Car Week
The Hommage R's new paintjob is a big improvement over BMW's last efforts on the Hommage
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The Hommage R's new paintjob is a big improvement over BMW's last efforts on the Hommage
The wheels are a beautiful, intricate design
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The wheels are a beautiful, intricate design
Wing mirrors have been replaced with neat, aerodynamic cameras
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Wing mirrors have been replaced with neat, aerodynamic cameras
The 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the Quail gathering at Monterey Car Week
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The 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the Quail gathering at Monterey Car Week
The car's seat design matches the design on the driver's racesuit
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The car's seat design matches the design on the driver's racesuit
The car's cabin is pared back, with a focus on racing
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The car's cabin is pared back, with a focus on racing
Carbon fiber has been used to make the Hommage R light and strong
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Carbon fiber has been used to make the Hommage R light and strong
Race seats usually aren't this pretty
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Race seats usually aren't this pretty
Even though it says 25 on the side, the Hommage R is celebrating 40 years of BMW in the USA
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Even though it says 25 on the side, the Hommage R is celebrating 40 years of BMW in the USA

Earlier this year, BMW revealed a tribute to its legendary 3.0 CSL, the Hommage. Now the company has used the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for the official world premiere of another. The 3.0 CSL Hommage R has been designed to celebrate 40 years since BMW landed in North America.

Like the 3.0 CSL Hommage, the Hommage R's interior designers have worked to effectively integrate the driver into the cabin. Instead of using traditional dials, or even an adaptive LCD readout, drivers get key information like gear position, speed and revs from the inside of their helmet visor. A small secondary display on the dashboard provides less important info.

The driver's helmet isn't the only piece of equipment that integrates with the car. BMW and Puma have designed the race suit that goes with the CSL Hommage R to light up when the driver's hands are on the wheel, and the piping on the sleeves uses lights to mimic the flow of information from the dash into the driver's helmet.

That huge rear wing incorporates LED taillights
That huge rear wing incorporates LED taillights

BMW has designed the CSL's carbon buckets to ensconce the driver, allowing for faster reactions and a more involved driving experience. The seats are finished in white, and the red and blue seatbelts combine to create BMW's traditional motorsport colors.

In the area around the driver's seat, BMW's designers have tried to peel back the curtain on the CSL's lightweight construction by showing off the carbon fiber rollcage, which is integrated into the roof and pillar structure.

The rest of the interior is similarly lightweight in its focus, with the only concession to driver comfort a set of air conditioning vents. A plumbed-in foam fire extinguisher, an emergency cut off and helmet holders in the back can also be found in the interior of the car.

There's very little change to the exterior compared to the earlier 3.0 CSL Hommage, the Hommage R's new red, white and blue paintjob is certainly more flattering than the vivid green from the earlier concept's design, but the oversized kidney grille and bloated flanks have (unfortunately) carried over.

The 3.0 CSL Hommage R is on display alongside the Concept M4 GTS at Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach.

Source: BMW

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Stephen N Russell
Produce for Sales & Rentals alone, be awesome with any type Transmission