Looking for an example of just how quickly time passes? This year marks the 50th anniversary of BMW’s legendary 02 Series, and to commemorate the occasion the brand has just unveiled a very interesting concept car for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
Known simply as the 2002 Hommage, the car pays tribute to the iconic 2002 and the groundbreaking 2002 Turbo model in particular.
While it seems to share a basic profile with the current 2 Series, the 2002 Hommage is much more than a few badges and some bolt-on parts. But unfortunately, it’s also more of a design study than a preview of anything that will actually be built. Either way though, it’s hard not to be impressed with what BMW has done here.
Although thoroughly modern, the 2002 Hommage is heavily inspired by the racing-spec 2002 Turbo, with a retro front fascia, classic BMW racing livery, and aggressive flared fenders all around.
Continuing on with the throwbacks, the 20-inch wheels are styled after old school snowflake wheels and complement the ‘Space Race Metal’ body color perfectly.
While we might not be able to actually buy a reinvented 2002 like this one, it feels like a fitting tribute to one of the most important models from BMW’s history.
What say you?