As part of the 2011 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy, the faithful sponsor BMW has presented the BMW 328 Hommage Concept. This is a prototype built to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the famous sport car the BMW 328.
Born in 1936, the BMW 328 is a legendary car and has been listed among the 25 most beautiful cars of the century. The Munich manufacturer as sought to honour it by unveiling a very stylish design which combines different styles. The appearance of the car is very futuristic, but some design elements evoke the time before the war, as the absence of doors, leather straps on the bonnet and rim designs. It respects the original spirit of maximizing the power to weight ratio. Through extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastics, this concept only weight 1720 lbs. The carbon fiber reinforced plastic should make its way slowly in the next generation of cars for the German manufacturer.
To built this BMW 328 Hommage Concept, the BMW engineers took their inspiration from many period and this concept has some of the latest creation stylistic elements of the brand. This mix of styles gives it a sporty look. Karl Baumer, CEO of BMW Group Classic said : "with the BMW 328 Hommage, we wish to pay homage to the passion and inventiveness of the fathers of the BMW 328. They created an icon, which is considered a milestone in the history of the automobile."
The cabin is very simple with retro gauges that display information such as oil pressure and oil and waters temperatures. Instead of the dashboard, there are two Apple iPhones, which one acts as a GPS and one that provides access to various functions. The BMW 328 Hommage Concept is powered by a 6-cylinder in-line 3.0-liter, but no specifications or performance data have been provided.
It will be present at the next Frankfurt Auto Show but it isn't likely to have a final production version.