Each car takes more than 200 hours of paint
Exterior pops, but inside is pure super hero
The latest art car from BMW is an 8-Series with a bang. Or should we say a pop, because that’s the theme of the BMW 8X Jeff Koons, which the automaker is calling “the most elaborately designed vehicle in all of BMW’s history.” And a few buyers will actually be able to take this one home, though they might not want to risk a door ding.
99 of the BMW M850i Gran Coupes will be transformed, with the first public display set for Frieze Los Angeles.
We’ll let the artist explain his vision for the car.
“My edition of the BMW 8 Series is my dream car! It is very special to me and I’ve wanted to create a special edition BMW for a long time. It is sporty and flashy as well as minimalist and conceptual. I can’t wait to drive it and ride in it, and I hope that people will enjoy the Gran Coupé just as much as I do. On the car, the lines are getting bigger on their journey from the hood towards the trunk, creating a sense of forward movement just as the ‘POP!’ and the vapor thrust design elements do. The blue color resembles the vastness of space and I like the idea of the car being a global car. What matters is how we relate to each other and our awareness of everything we are surrounded by. For the driver and all passengers, there is a heightened state of pleasure. This is what my car has to offer,” said Koons.
Painting the production cars takes more than 200 hours each, meaning BMW will be able to paint only four per week. It uses eleven different paint colours, with some of the paintwork applied with the workers using magnifying glasses.
Each one will come with a large certificate signed by Koons as well as BMW boss Oliver Zipse. It will also include the car’s VIN, and there will be an owner’s manual dust jacket designed by Koons. Pricing is available on request, and the cars are being sold first-come, first-serve, BMW says.