A SPECIAL edition of the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is to be created by American artist Jeff Koons and will be released in very limited numbers after its world premiere next year.
Only two of the cars will be produced each week and each takes some 285 hours to apply the multi-layer paint finish specified by the artist.
Currently the cars are being produced in secret at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Bavaria and the concept was given an exclusive preview in advance of the German motor show being held in Munich.
In 2010 Koons created a unique BMW M3 GT2 Art Car which performed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
The striking design for the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe combines eleven different exterior colours ranging from blue to silver as well as from yellow to black.
A multi-colored interior is comprised of high-end materials, fine leather and a cupholder lid with an edition badging and the artist's engraved signature.
BMW says the luxurious 8 Series Gran Coupe will be for sale in a very limited collector's edition after its world premiere at Frieze Los Angeles in February 2022
Oliver Zipse, BMW chairman, said: "I am very proud to announce a new partnership with Jeff Koons. And let me say: I love what he has come up with.
"The 8 Series Gran Coupe is very close to our hearts and Jeff's design of the car is full of joy and passion. Ever since we relaunched our collaboration, Jeff has said that he's proud to be back with the BMW family. Dozens of engineers and designers have given their all to celebrate our partnership and make his vision come true."
Talking of the venture, Koons said: "I am really thrilled and honoured about the opportunity to work with BMW again and to create a special edition car. I was thinking very intensely about it: What is the essence of the 8 Series Gran Coupe? What is the essence of power? How to create something that exemplifies all the energy of the BMW 8 Series that is also able to touch upon the human element? Again, it's just a wonderful opportunity to be working as part of the BMW family again."