Tribute BMW 2002, the Future
The famous CONCEPT- cut 2002 Turbo of the early 1970s inspired a retro-style design study presented at the Concours d’Elegance Villa d’Este.
The competition of elegance of Villa d’Este became a recreation for the designers of the group BMW . But a recreation of a rather special kind. Teams from Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, and Karim Habib, Head of BMW style, enjoy a few years of the Italian appointments to achieve a concept that pays homage to an iconic model of history the century-old brand. Thus we already had the right to a reinterpretation of the coupé 328 Mille Miglia (2006), the berlinetta M1 (2008), the 328 roadster (2011), the 3.0 CSL coupé behind the birth of the Motorsport division (2015). This year, the designers of the German house have decided to revive another icon of the past: the 2002 and especially the Turbo variant. From a 2 Series, BMW has created a coupe that could come out of a tuning shop. Camped on 20-inch wheels, this concept impressed. The fender flares front and the front bumper like crumb pretend sniff asphalt refer to its predecessor which was the first European car series to introduce the turbocharger technology.
Since 2002, the concept Tribute welcomes the shield marked “Turbo” in reverse. At the Frankfurt Motor Show 1973 where the 2002 Turbo was submitted, the signature was regarded as a provocation to the place of motorists who were caught by the new missile of the road. On the first cars marketed in early 1974, the message was gone. The concept of the Villa d’Este respects the heritage, welcoming a calender single headlight, rear wing spoiler bloated and a huge trunk.
With the 3.0 CSL, the 2002 Turbo was the first BMW Motorsport colors to wear recognizable navy blue headband, blue sky and red. 2002 Tribute shows the signature three stripes on the mirrors and in the air intake front bumper. Numerous body components are made of carbon fiber to reduce the weight of a car that places driving pleasure first. The cockpit was treated in the tradition of racing cars with minimalist design based on very wraparound bucket seats and a roll cage. This design study is not intended to be marketed, but its mission is to convey the values of sport, the essence of the BMW brand.