The BMW 2002 Hommage concept debuted at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este this past May. The concept paid tribute to the original 1973 2002 Turbo while also celebrating the technology and performance of BMW’s current wonder-fleet. It might come as a surprise that BMW has delivered another liveried version of the same concept at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California last week. Judging by the livery’s appealing message this time, it is entirely justified.
The concept’s black and orange livery is instantly eye-catching, and as BMW’s Head of Design Karim Habib put it, “in the minds of many motorsport fans, synonymous with the triumphs of the 1970s.” Quite the massive understatement there. The colour scheme and the font style of the word “Turbomeister” coax immediate recollection of the Jägermeister livery gracing the storming 2002 Turbo racecars five decades ago, while additional golden accents adorn the body and the 20-inch light-alloy wheels. As was the version revealed in Villa d’Este, the chassis comes from the BMW M2, with carbon fibre liberally adorning the body. Certainly, with such a fierce livery, the BMW 2002 Hommage can’t help but be a one-off showstopper, and as such BMW needs to decide how this nostalgic masterpiece can become a special edition.