The famous South African artist Esther Mahlangu was born a member of the Ndebele tribe
in 1935 in Middelburg, a small town in the north-eastern province of Mpumalanga. At the early age of 10, she began to paint under the guidance of her mother and grandmother.
Traditionally, Ndebele women decorate the exterior walls of houses with elaborately painted patterns and graphic elements. Esther Mahlangu has separated these decorations and patterns and brought her people‘s traditional art of painting into a new context.
In collaboration with the BMW Individual Manufaktur, Mahlangu transformed a luxury saloon into a dynamic and unique work of art by painting her characteristic and ornamental motifs on the real wood interior trims. BMW Individual Manufaktur developed a special white-coloured fine-wood trim to be painted with Esther’s images before sealing them to ensure their longevity and installing them within the equally remarkable vehicle.
The prestigious BMW 740Li is powered by an in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which creates 240 kW/326 hp (combined fuel consumption: 40.4 mpg; combined CO2 emissions: 164 g/km) and maximum torque of 450 Nm. The dynamic saloon sprints from 0 to 62mph in just 5.6 seconds; top speed is limited to 155mph. The BMW 740Li features an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and has the lowest vehicle weight in its segment.