The 3.0 CSL Hommage concept puts the BMW Batmobile firmly back on the map

Sleek reimagining of 1970s racer could signal hardcore M4 model in the future

Why haven't I heard of a BMW CSL?

Perhaps because you weren't a child of the Seventies and you didn't have one of the original machines pinned to your wall. It was famously dubbed the 'Batmobile', thanks in part to its gigantic rear wing and it's razor sharp styling.

An original 3.0 CSL will easily set you back £250,000 (about ₹2.45 cr) if you go hunting for one now due to its endurance racing legacy and rarity. It was a real beast of a thing.

So is this the remake then?

Sort of. It's more of a respectful nod to the legendary machine and a design study to impress the well-heeled individuals that frequent the annual Concorso d’Eleganza at the Villa d’Este. But that's not to say that BMW might not look to the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage concept for inspiration when designing a new road car.

Oh, sounds exciting. I assume this concept is fast...

It will most certainly be quick, because it's been designed to be as light as possible. That's what the CSL bit means: Coupé Sport Leichtbau or coupé, sport, lightweight in English.

However, whereas the old 1970s model was constructed mainly of aluminium and bits of plastic, the new version favours carbon fibre and carbon fibre reinforced plastic to ensure it is both featherweight and extremely strong. But BMW is remaining very tight-lipped about performance figures and such.

Why on earth would they do that?

We're not sure but they have said power comes from a 3.0-litre straight-six engine that uses new fangled 'e-boost' technology. This is likely to be an electric turbocharging function similar to the one that was recently unveiled by Audi in its TT clubsport concept.

Still, it looks pretty good doesn't it?

Yep, that's the point really, as BMW designers were permitted free reign with the crayons. The 3.0 CSL Hommage features one of the lowest and broadest front ends of any car in the line-up, awesome wrap-around front and rear wings that tip a hat to the original car and a gigantic rear spoiler that extends well past the rear lights.

Speaking of those lights, like, woah...

Mad, aren't they? The front set of LED laser lamps help create the menacing 'face' of the car, while the rear lamps are incorporated into the spoiler so when the brakes are applied, it lights up like a Christmas tree.

What's it like inside?

Pretty sparse, as designers have binned many creature comfort in order to stay true to the lightweight philosophy of the original car. Both front passengers get figure hugging bucket seats, while the driver is presented with a neat central display on the steering column that shows current gear, shift points, speed and revs.

It seems a shame to keep it as a concept...

We agree but the Hommage is based on the current M4 chassis, which might mean we'll see a hardcore, lightweight, range-topping M4 on the forecourts in the near future.

It's highly unlikely it will look this good. Or this yellow, for that matter.