Aston Martin was not the only one channelling its past at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Also playing the throwback game is BMW, which has unveiled the BMW 2002 Hommage that references the legendary 2002 Turbo – the boxy sports coupé celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Very clearly based on the BMW M2, the 2002 Hommage gets a redesigned body that inherits key details from its forebear, including a horizontal carbon fibre band that runs along the shoulder line of the car – mirroring the original 2002’s chrome ring. The upper portion is finished in matte paint to reduce reflection of the sun’s rays – reminiscent of race cars of yore – while the lower portion gets a high-gloss treatment.

At the front, there’s a shark nose front end with twin round headlights just like the 2002, with gold reflectors that reference the 2002’s golden anniversary. A black strip joins the lamp cans to the connected kidney grille, emphasising the car’s substantial width.


Elsewhere, the bonnet gets with a central “spear” contour and inset BMW propeller badge, another callback to older models. There’s also a deep front apron with a massive centre air intake, complete with reversed ‘turbo’ script to put the fear into those in front who peer at the rear view mirror.

The Hommage’s confident stance is accentuated by the use of voluminous wheel arches that recall the 2002 Turbo’s massive flares, along with deep chiselled surfacing along the flanks. Those arches house 20-inch light alloy wheels in a two-tone finish, with a cross-spoke design that is reminiscent of old racing wheels.

The rear end is probably the Hommage’s best angle, with a large bootlid lip spoiler, flush black panel tail lights, muscular wheel arches and a carbon fibre diffuser with quad tailpipes. The BMW emblem on the right of the rear number plate is yet another historic design flourish that wraps this rolling nod to the past. So, what do you think of the BMW 2002 Hommage?