BMW pays a beautiful hommage to one of its most iconic cars with the 2002 Hommage

We have just said that the Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este, which will open tomorrow in the Lake Como, in Italy, is one of the most extraordinary car event of the world. Many good news come from that place every year, such as the gorgeous Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept. And another favorite car brand for 007, BMW, has also reserved a surprise for the event: its amazing hommage to one of its most iconic cars. The 2002 Hommage.

The modern day 2002 Turbo is very likely a modified M2. It is an amazing car, but we are sure many would trade their M2 in order to put their hands over the 2002 Hommage. Seeing both side by side in the video above shows how things have changed in a little over 40 years. The 2002 Turbo was presented at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show and it was the first turbocharged BMW in history. Now every BMW is turbocharged. And much larger. And much heavier than before.

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BMW has not disclosed any technical information on the concept, but we can try to imagine some of it with the M2 specs. The M2 is 4.47 m long, 1.85 m wide, 1.41 m tall and it has a wheelbase of 2.69 m, with a weight of 1,570 kg. It is much bigger than the 2002 Turbo, which was 4.22 m long, 1.62 m wide, 1.41 m tall (a coincidence!) and had a wheelbase of 2.50 m, with a weight of 1,060 kg.

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In what relates to power, there is also a huge discrepancy. While the M2 has a 3.0 6-cylinder TwinPower engine that delivers 272 kW at 6,500 rpm and 465 Nm from 1,400 rpm up to 5,560 rpm, the 2002 Turbo was powered by a 2.0 4-cylinder that produced 125 kW at 5,800 rpm and 240 Nm at 4,000 rpm.

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BMW has only disclosed information on the design of the 2002 Hommage, such as the Space Race Metal paint it has. It would be like “liquid metal”, according to the German carmaker, but that is not the sort of thing that gets most car fans thrilled. Its 20-inch wheels may, but they are also treated as a mere design feature, so we have no hope to see it anywhere close to production, even a very limited one, as the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept may have. This will just be a car for fans to dream about. And maybe an inspiration for when BMW puts all its C-segment cars into the UKL1 or the UKL2 front-wheel drive platforms. Design may become the only appeal these cars will have for the traditional BMW lover, so it will have to be reinforced…

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.