2002 Hommage Re-imagined

BMW has unveiled its second take on the 2002 Hommage at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach to celebrate its successful history with turbocharged machinery over the best part of the last 50 years.

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The 2002 Hommage originally saw the light of day at the Concorso d’Eleganza at the Villa d’Este in May this year when it was painted in a light blue hue – Space Race Metal – with the upper surfaces in a matt finish while the lower flanks had a high gloss form. For this second incarnation BMW has re-finished the car in a striking combination of black and orange which harks back to 2002 race cars of the 1970s, such as the example restored by BMW USA.

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While just about every BMW race car you can think of from back in the 1970s was at one stage or another sponsored by Jägermeister with its lurid orange livery BMW has elected to cover the 2002 Hommage with ‘Turbomeister’ script adorning the bonnet, wings, doors and rear bumper while images of a turbocharger can be found on the lower front valance, the bonnet and the rear wings. No homage to the 2002 Turbo would be complete without the reversed script appearing on the front valance and just to ram the point home there’s more Turbo script on the rear spoiler.

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Based on the M2, the 2002 Hommage doesn’t seem to have changed significantly in design since its Villa d’Este outing so there’s still the carbon strip that runs around the car, separating the horizontal and vertical surfaces and the 20-inch wheels are the same, although for this incarnation they’re now gold, not silver. The exaggeratedly blistered arches remain, again harking back to the 2002 Turbo’s extended wheelarches and the overall effect is of an M2 on steroids… could the Hommage eventually morph into a production ready M2 CSL? Now that’s a machine we’d love to see.

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