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.

Author: Carl Malek

Carl Malek is Autosavant’s resident German car fanatic and follower of all things General Motors. Carl first entered the world of automotive journalism as a freelance photographer during his freshman year of college before making the switch to automotive writing several years later. Carl developed an interest in cars at an early age, which helped him overcome the challenges of a learning disability in mathematics. In addition to writing for Autosavant community, Carl also contributes to many car forums and enjoys attending automotive events in the Metro Detroit area with his family. Carl’s message for others with learning disorders is to believe in yourself, be persistent, and face all challenges head on.

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  1. I think the car is stunning; further, I love it when a big company does something impulsive.

    But – aren’t the photos suppoded to open up in a new window in a larger size when you click on them? I’d like to see some larger images.

  2. Brendan, when I click on the images within the body of the article, they open in a 1024×768 resolution. The images in the gallery take you to a separate page with just that image, then you can click the image again to get the 1024×768 size. I tried it in both Windows and iPad and it worked that way.

  3. OK, operator error on this end. Thanks for the heads-up – ever so much better.

    Beautiful car…

  4. I like everything except the “headlights” … they remind me of of how certain cartoon characters get x’s on their eyes when they’re dead, if you know what I mean.

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