BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

In celebration of 40 years in the United States, BMW brought this 3.0 CSL Hommage R concept to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Monterey, Calif.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

The Hommage R concept features the red, white, and blue BMW racing livery of the original racing 3.0 CSL and an aero-package that resembles the one that earned it the nickname "the Batmobile."

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

The concept rolls on gold wheels. No mention is made of the powerplant. I like to assume it uses the 1975 CSL's 200-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, but that's almost certainly not true.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

The concept's front end is, according to the automaker, one of the widest and lowest in BMW history.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

BMW's hexagonal four-eyes feature blue LED Xs that echo the taped Xs on endurance racer headlamps.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

The interior is largely devoid of luxuries, this being a racing concept. The only "comforts" are a pair of vents that flow ambient air to the driver.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

The steering yoke is the centerpoint of the simplified interface. The Hommage R lacks traditional gauges, instead making use of an enhanced head-up display.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

One of the primary differences between the CSL 3.0 Hommage R concept and the yellow Hommage concept debuted earlier this year is the racing aerodynamic package. The Hommage R is a race car, the Hommage is street ready.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

The concept features a wide body kit. Invisible in the daylight are strips of LEDs that extend from the taillights and connect on the spoiler, framing the rear end at night.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

The move to cameras over wing mirrors was for aerodynamic advantage, not technological wows.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

Exhaust from the unspecified engine exits through side pipes just aft of the doors.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

The L in CSL stands for lightweight. A peek into the door sills showcases the Hommage R's composite construction.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

The R concept's cabin does feature a few safety considerations including a fire suppression system on the center console and helmets stored behind the seats.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R concept

The original BMW 3.0 CSL could be found on the streets and on the racetrack in 1975.

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