BMW M2 Competition getting limited-edition artsy makeover (Adrian Padeanu)
BMW M2 Competition by FUTURA 2000

The sports coupe also gets three one-offs featuring a hand-painted finish.

BMW art cars have been around since 1975 when the iconic 3.0 CSL got a colourful livery from sculptor Alexander Calder for its race debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year. Some 19 official art cars beautify the BMW Museum right now in Munich, and while this M2 Competition is not quite on that level to be worthy of an official BMW Art Car, it’s still a sight to behold.

Contemporary artist FUTURA 2000 has joined forces with BMW to create three unique versions of the sports coupe painted by hand and with some interior tweaks. Not only that, but the M2 Competition is actually getting a special edition limited to 500 cars that will bear the artist’s signature. Pricing details have not been disclosed, but it goes without saying the artsy coupe is going to command a significant premium over the regular model available in the United Kingdom from £51,425 OTR. We do know it’s scheduled to go on sale in June.

What’s so special about these cars? Well, the front and rear aprons along with the side sills are adorned by individually hand-painted surfaces and the cars ride on 19-inch alloy wheels in a Jet Black finish. Inside, the trim strips applied onto the centre console and instrument panel come with a unique design created by FUTURA 2000, while the two-tone Dakota leather M seats with their black and ivory finish have Polar Blue stitching for a contrasting effect. The cars are also getting a sports steering wheel wrapped in leather and Alcantara with grey 12 o’clock marking. In addition, the side sills denote the vehicle’s limited availability and have the artist’s signature.

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If this is your first time hearing about the artist, here’s what BMW has to say about the talented man who helped it create three one-off M2s complemented by a special-edition model:

“FUTURA 2000, born Leonard Hilton McGurr, established himself as a pioneer when graffiti met the formal gallery ecosystem in the 1980s. He quickly became known for his radical approach in the street, introducing abstraction to an entirely letter based discipline, and found himself as part of a wider art movement that included the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Dondi White, and Rammellzee. Aside from his decades long career as a contemporary artist, he has achieved great success as a commercial artist, being commissioned by the likes of several well-known brands.”