BMW Reimagines M2 As 2002 Hommage Concept For Villa D’Este [w/Video]

Celebrating both its 100th birthday as a brand and the 2002 Turbo’s 50th anniversary, BMW created the 2002 Hommage Concept for this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este that runs from May 20 to 22.

It’s a retro-futuristic study that brings together BMW’s past – the 2002 Turbo – with its future – the M2 Coupe, upon which the 2002 Hommage Concept is based.

The low slung concept with the widened hips encapsulates some of the more notable styling traits of the original 2002, such as the single headlamps with ‘eyebrow’ turning signals positioned right above the slanted shark nose, and a horizontal band (in carbon fiber here) that wraps itself around the shoulderline to split the body visually into separate sections.

In another styling nod to the 1970s, the 2002 Hommage gets a deep front apron with BMW Motorsport livery and “turbo” lettering in mirror writing casts. It’s not all about the past, though, as the compact-sized study rides on a long wheelbase and chunky 20-inch multi-spoke wheels on low profile rubber.

“Exactly 50 years ago, the 02 range kick-started an era of success for BMW. This compact coupe is one of the vehicles which made the brand what it is today,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW Group Design boss. “The 2002 sat at the top of the range and was the first series-produced car anywhere in Europe to come with turbo technology. That set the seal on the coupe as a genuine sports car. At the same time, the 2002 turbo was at the technological vanguard of engine development at BMW. The BMW 2002 Hommage is our way of raising a glass to all these achievements.”

BMW didn’t release any details on the powertrain, but in all likeliness, it borrows the 3.0-liter twin-turbo from the new M2 Coupe, in which it’s rated at 370PS (365hp).

There are no plans to build a production version of the study, but we wouldn’t mind seeing BMW adopting that ‘shark nose’ styling in the near future.

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  • matrem

    If past concepts from BMW for this event are anything to go by, they ran out of money and ideas. It’s just a poorly integrated body kit! Disappointing.

  • Bo Hanan

    This confirms what I had suspected. BMW has lost it’s ability to design great looking cars.
    They need help now. Everything in their current line up is ugly.

  • Tinky-Winky

    It looks like a crappy 3d model by some amateur school boy or a cheap porno tuning from a Russian garage. Oh well, at least they didn’t do those rabbit teeth again.

  • 4serious

    “This confirms what I had suspected. BMW has lost it’s ability to design great looking cars.
    The need help now. Everything in their current line up is ugly.” – Bo Hanan

    Brilliant, and insightful. Thank you for sharing.

    “If past concepts from BMW for this event are anything to go by, they ran out of money and ideas. It’s just a poorly integrated body kit! Disappointing.” – MattM

    Where did the money go BMW, Matt wants to know!

    • fabri99

      r u 4serious?

    • Bo Hanan

      BMW has money. Designers of great looking cars is what they need- NOW!
      This odd shapes-angles-creases approach has worn out.

      • fabri99

        Well, they sent Chris Bangle away, so they deserve karma to haunt them.

        • Bo Hanan

          You know what’s weird is that Bangle was in charge of the designer who created the E39 5-Series. Maybe it is “Karma.”

          • fabri99

            All I care about is the magnificent E60.

    • matrem

      U mad bro?

      • Six Thousand Times

        Hey, lookit, an old internet meme! 😉

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Damn Matt! Back at again with the 5 year old memes!

        You’d do great at Cartoon Network.

        • matrem

          Fun fact: I actually met some people who write over at CN and they sadly don’t speak in old memes. Kind of a bummer.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            touché.

  • fabri99

    I’m going to see it in the flesh on Sunday (yes, I’ll brag about that some more), so I’ll only judge then. From what I can see now, it is rather disappointing and not that different from the also ugly CSL they created last year. I miss wonderful design concepts such as the 328 and the M1 Hommages.

    • Six Thousand Times

      You’re killing me again!

      • fabri99

        Well, there must be a few positive sides in living northern Italy.

        • TheHake

          Going to lake Como, riding the Dolomites, vistiting the car musea.. more than a “few” positives I would think!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I’d have to respectfully disagree. The CSL was nice. Not in that original color though…

      • fabri99

        Yeah, but was is as nice as the Millemiglia Hommage?

        • Tumbi Mtika

          No.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    I couldn’t disagree with you guys more.
    I LOVE this concept and rather wonder why it isn’t created in limited quantities for sale.

    • Matt

      Because it’s a concept designed for a particular event. The same reason none of BMW’s Hommage concepts have reached production.

  • Matt

    I do really like it, but something seems to have been lost in translation between the initial sketches and the final concept. It has to be wheel size.

    This car needs massive concept-size wheels to do it justice. Unfortunately because of this it has a small whiff of ‘aftermarket body kit’ about it (even though in reality that’s what it is).

  • ME

    Sorry, this is horrible. Just like German’s new direction lately. They hate their culture and people it seems.

  • Kash

    The front isn’t so bad for a concept, but the rear quarter panel is still too M2 and not enough 2002, the rear is also just a mess.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Overwrought. Sort of like the ducktail, though. The “Turbo” graphic they chose not to use would’ve been a gas.

  • Vassilis

    Meh.

  • Tumbi Mtika


    Did a 5 year old draw this shit?

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