It may not be a genuine M3 GT2 Art Car, but it sill performs like one.
Artist Jeff Koons designed one of the boldest, most breathtaking BMW art cars in the form of the M3 GT2. Making its debut in 2010, it would go on to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that same year, and live on in the history books as one of the most iconic creations to ever come out of the BMW studio.
A lightly-tuned engine pairs with a six-speed manual gearbox and a suspension that was completely rebuilt to PTG specification.
Though that car in particular may be at the top of every BMW fanboys' list of dream cars, owning a legend like that would be – aside from spectacular – monumentally expensive. Thankfully, this replica doesn’t look half bad doing its best art car impression.
Built by Precision Chassis Works in Gilbert, Arizona, the car is number three of four ALMS GTR M3 chassis built to mimic the original M3 GT2, wearing the Jeff Koons livery as a wrap. Aside from a handsome aesthetic, it dons all of the necessary bodywork one might need for the track – carbon fibre body panels, diffuser, wing, etc. – and features a tuned version of the original S54 3.2-litre inline-six. It's up for sale on eBay right now for a reasonable $59,900 (approx. $79,000 CAD).
But it’s not all show and no go. A lightly-tuned engine pairs with a six-speed manual gearbox and a suspension that was completely rebuilt to PTG specification. Brembo brakes and appropriate wheels and tires were also fitted, as was a stainless steel exhaust system, a roll cage, and a set of "halo" racing seats with a six-point safety harness. With some weight savings included, the entire package weighs in at just a little over 2,700 pounds (1,140 kilograms) with a perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
Tuned for both 91 octane and 100 octane fuel, the final result is a car that’s able to send 310 horsepower and 336 horsepower to the wheels respectively – and look good doing it. Sixteen days are left on the auction, with the "Buy It Now" price of $59,900. So get to biddin'.