At yesterday's Legends of the Autobahn event, BMW – easily the largest marque represented on the lawn – rolled out the 328 Hommage for its first appearance on North American soil.

Built to celebrate the original 328's 75th birthday, the Hommage concept is both an advanced styling exercise and four-wheeled exploration of lightweight materials. Like its great, great grandfather, which was composed primarily of aluminum and magnesium, the Hommage is an incredibly svelte roadster, coming in at 1,720 pounds thanks to its carbon fiber body, passenger tub and wheels. Appropriately and predictably, power is provided by a 3.0-liter inline-six of undisclosed output, while a single set of gauges and a pair of contoured leather buckets make up the spartan interior.

When the concept debuted earlier this year, we weren't particularly smitten with the Hommage's styling, but in person (and alongside the 328s of yore), it's a thing to behold. The crossed-out headlamps and leather hood ties smack of nostalgia-infused kitsch, but the silver carbon fiber wheels, exposed weave, double bump rump and – yes – even the elongated kidney grilles give it a presence that's both menacing and sophisticated. Judge for yourself in the gallery of live pics above.


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      sonicpunk32
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front reminds me of darth vader, with buck teeth.
      You missed it
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be nice if this were to become something available to general public to purchase?
      Sgt Beavis
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some fine tuning of the design could make this an awesome production car.
      Javanese
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorry it still looks like 5hit to me...
      natron3030
      • 4 Years Ago
      No.
      Noz
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another pointless car from BMW
      mikoprivat
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wanna see the old farts climbing in and out of that drivers seat...in their agony I can see why the analogy between old and fart, there'll be a whole concert of those things happening while going through the extenuating exercise of getting in and out. I'm young and I would not get caught dead in this POS, even if I could afford it
        Connor McLane
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mikoprivat
        Poor Punctuation: Check Fart Jokes: Check Name Calling: Check Improper word usage: Check This post is firing on all cylinders.
      bonehead
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is a caricature of of Dead Beaver (X) (X) |_|_|
        bonehead
        • 4 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        ascii art fail when comment system strips whitespace but you get the gist
      sinistro79
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW and Porsche should stick to what they know best and continue to "play it safe." This is a terrible looking concept car. If risks in car exercises are things that need to be done by anyone, they should be done by the folks that work for Ferrari, Volkswagen, and Alfa Romeo. Those guys know how to build some seriously good-looking concept cars. This thing looks like a deformed badger with huge teeth.
        Max Illiaguev
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Um get into the future. this car looks amazing! our generation will make and drive these type of cars
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Shiftright
      • 4 Years Ago
      'P R D' transmission fail
      sonicpunk32
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that a built in fire extinguisher on the left of the steering wheel?
        POV
        • 4 Years Ago
        @sonicpunk32
        I was wondering what the red E means but seeing an extinguisher my guess is Emergency.
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