February 8, 2023

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New BMW 8 Series X Jeff Koons arrives with comic-strip livery

BMW has unveiled its newest piece of rolling artwork – the 8 Collection X Jeff Koons. As the badge suggests, it is a unique edition version of the 8 Series born from a partnership with the American artist Jeff Koons, who is best recognised for his inventive depictions of everyday products. His most famous functions are the sculptures “Rabbit” and “Balloon Doggy.”

While the 8 Series X Jeff Koons unquestionably appears to be like like a person of BMW’s artwork autos, the company is adamant that it is not, for the reason that it is not a racing vehicle, it will not be held in the brand’s non-public collection and it is not a a person-off. There are 99 examples offered for the general public to get.

BMW’s artwork car or truck custom stretches back again virtually 50 percent a century to 1975, when the company’s then motorsport boss commissioned Alexander Calder to style and design the livery for the brand’s race-prepped 3. CSL. Koons himself has also designed an official Artwork Auto in the earlier, in the sort of the M3 GT2 entered by BMW Motorsport in the 2010 Le Mans 24 hrs.

For his most up-to-date partnership with BMW, Koons has developed a pop artwork-impressed livery for the 8 Sequence Gran Coupe, which the firm claims is the most “elaborately designed vehicle” it has made in its 106-year background – not the very least due to the fact the lairy exterior is complemented by an totally retrimmed cabin.

BMW is also eager to stage out that it will take more than 200 hours to use the paint complete. So, even if the firm’s paintshop is working flat-out, it can only finish 4 automobiles every 7 days.

Adhering to the identical conventions as the comic-strip-inspired exterior, the cabin is trimmed in a Spiderman-esque mix of crimson and blue leather upholstery. Jeff Koons has also dotted his signature about the cabin, with plaques hiding in the cupholder and on the dust jacket for the owner’s manual in the glovebox. Each individual vehicle will also be supplied with a significant certification of authenticity signed by Koons and BMW manager Oliver Zipse. 

Beneath the inventive makeover is a normal BMW 850i xDrive Gran Coupe. No mechanical modifications have been designed, this means the art car or truck is driven by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 motor creating 522bhp and 750Nm of torque. Electric power is sent to all 4 wheels by way of an eight-pace computerized gearbox, and 0–62mph is dealt with in considerably less than four seconds.

BMW has not nonetheless released a price for this particular version 8 Series, but supplied Koons’s sculpture “Rabbit” sold for additional than $91 million (all around £67 millon) the past time it handed about the auction block, it’ll be something but cheap. 

The first case in point will be auctioned off this April, at Christie’s in New York, with all of the proceeds from the best bid likely to the Intercontinental Centre for Lacking and Exploited Children. The remaining 98 automobiles will be marketed right by BMW with a selling price on application.

Now click right here to verify BMW’s former artwork automobile – a specially commissioned edition of the M6 GTLM by John Baldessari…