#79 Jeff Koons BMW M3 GT2 Art Car
M3 Art
BMW logo
1,000,000 CR
Model year: 2010
Performance Index: R3 756
Drive Type: RWD
Engine Placement: Front
Basic Performance
Advanced Performance
Power: 491 HP (366 kW)
Torque: 372 lb ft (504 N·m)
Weight: 2701 lbs (1225 Kg)
Front: 50%
Displ: 4.0 L
Power/weight: 400 HP per ton

298 kW per ton

When Jeff Koons was asked to paint the BMW M3 GT2’s graceful form in a bespoke design as the 17th BMW Art Car, not only did he contemplate the works of previous Art Car collaborationists—Andy Warhol, for example—he got some seat time in past M-division models. Then he rode along for a couple of laps in the M3 GT2 itself, and the car’s staggering performance inspired the motif: the streaming lines down the sides and bursting forms at the rear suggest both savage acceleration and explosive power. Unlike most works of art, however, this piece is designed to stun both standing still and on the track—and to improve with the grime and battle-damage of actually racing, an intentional component of Koons’ design. Under the vinyl wrap, the M3 GT2 is just as impressive as any of its other siblings, with enhancements to the road car’s already potent V8 and fitted with all manner of racing parts to do battle in the ALMS series. It will be tough to miss the #79 Art Car battling through traffic, and is sure to be a favorite among both ALMS fans and Forza players.

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