A glimpse of what we wish they made
Every so often, BMW remembers that it used to make cars meant for more than just a two-year lease in metropolitan markets. When that happens, BMW churns out a Hommage vehicle inspired by one of their classic hits.
This year’s flavors include the BMW 2002 Hommage and Motorrad R 5 Hommage, hommages to, you guessed it, the BMW 2002 and R 5.
Feeling extra special during its 100th anniversary, BMW brought out all of its previous Hommage vehicles at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016. If you don’t know what that is, it’s just an annual fancy car show in Lake Como, Italy where the uber rich show of their priceless metal, get boozed up, and have exotic luxury automakers show one-off cars inspired in design by the cars they all drove there in.
Including the 2002 Hommage and the R 5 Hommage, the rest of the Hommage lineup includes the M1 Hommage from 2008, 3.0 CSL Hommage from 2015, Concept Ninety from 2013, 328 Hommage from 2011, Concept Coupé Milla Miglia from 2006, and MINI ACV 30 from 1997.
So if you like the idea of over-designed, one-off show cars that see the light of day for just a few hours over one weekend before being shut away in a warehouse for years, here’s a photo of every BMW Hommage vehicle in its natural habitat- the manicured lawn of some mansion in Italy. Enjoy!