BMW 328 Hommage Concept Revealed
By Carl Malek
Among the great cars talked about in the halls of BMW’s offices in Munich and abroad, one car defiantly stands above them all. That car is the legendary BMW 328. Built in the 1930s, the original BMW 328 roadster is considered by many to be one of the most stylish vehicles of its time. But just because it looked good didn’t mean the 328 was a slouch on the racetrack. In 1940, a 328 set the record for the highest recorded average speed at the world famous Millie Migila raceway, clocking in at 103 miles per hour which was a pretty blistering number for its time.
With the car’s 75th Birthday now upon us, BMW has decided to pay tribute to this exceptional car by creating a stunning one-of-a-kind concept. Known officially as the 328 Hommage, This ultra-light two-seater was designed to showcase the design and principles that helped give birth to the original 328. Weighing in at a slim and trim 1,720 pounds, the designers managed to make that low weight thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic. Of course CFRP was not readily available when the designers of the original 328 were busy creating their masterpiece back in the 1930s, but with the help of magnesium and aluminum components, the designers of the original managed to obtain a similar weight saving result.
An alert observer looking at the 328 Hommage may recognize many of the design cues that are shared between it and the original 328. For instance, the original 328 was one of the earliest BMW models to make use of the now familiar dual kidney style front grilles. On the Hommage concept, the grilles are big, bold, and seem to jump out at anyone observing the car from the front. The Hommage Concept is powered by the dependable 3.0 liter inline six, which sees duty in many BMW production cars. BMW has so far remained silent on the exact output of the engine in this application as well as what type of transmission is hooked up to it, but expect the 328 Hommage to continue to maintain the legendary reputation and standards that the original 328 established back when it was the king of the streets. Overall, BMW designers have done a stunning job with creating the 328 Hommage concept and it is a fitting way to help celebrate the original 328 roadster’s 75th birthday.