You can keep your cards, flowers and chocolates this Valentine's Day, because there are few things we love more than a BMW art car. The latest one is the result of a collaboration between the German manufacturer and pioneering graffiti artist Futura 2000, and arguably goes further than any art car project before it.
While we've become accustomed to a series of well-known names applying their inimitable styles to a single machine, Futura 2000's turn with the spray can will see the artist create not one but three unique takes on the M2 Competition. The alterations extend to the cars' cabins as well as their exterior surfaces, with the first completed work making its debut at the Frieze Los Angeles art fair, currently being held at Paramount's Hollywood studios.
But wait, there's more. On top of that trio, the artist will also be designing a limited-edition production run of M2 Comps. Set to be publicly available from June this year, the cars will feature front and rear aprons and side sills painted by the Futura. Inside, individually created trim will be visible on the instrument panel and centre console, while unique sills bearing the car's limited-edition number and Futura's signature make the cut too. Black and ivory Dakota leather M sports seats, an Alcantara-clad sports steering wheel and 19-inch jet black light alloy wheels complete the package.
"The BMW M2 Competition is dynamic, extroverted and, to a certain degree, pleasantly provocative. I consider it a great honour to be able to add a special touch to this vehicle," said Futura 2000, apparently. BMW CEO Markus Flasch added: "We are very proud of having been able to gain such an internationally well-known artist as Futura 2000 for the collaboration on the three unique one-offs of the BMW M2 Competition. I'm already looking forward very much to seeing how he transforms our M2 into the edition intended for our customers. With his unique, constructive and rebellious style, Futura is perfectly suited to a young and wild automobile such as the BMW M2 Competition."
For fans of Futura 2000, BMW art cars, or 410hp twin-turbo straight-sixes, then, this sounds like a match made in heaven.