BMW’s striking 328 Hommage concept made its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, commemorating the 75th birthday of the original BMW 328 roadster from the 1930s. A new video from BMW gives more detail on the concept car’s design, and highlights its similarities to the original 328.
The video highlights some of the 328 Hommage’s neatest design features, including the carbon-fiber reinforced plastic body, lightweight wheels, and conspicuous lack of doors. We’re also granted a closer look at the sleekly integrated fuel filler cap, as well as unique dashboard-mounted Apple iPhone cases that give a retro-stopwatch appearance to Cupertino’s smartphone. Plus, the video has running footage of an original BMW 328, a rare treat for fans of roundel-badged sports cars from the past.
In true BMW fashion, the open-top 328 Hommage features an inline-six engine. Unfortunately the retro-inspired styling and high-tech design will remain off-limits to BMW faithful, as the Hommage is purely a one-off show car. The company also debuted a different take on a modernized 328, the Concept Coupé Mille Miglia, for the 328’s 70th birthday in 2006.