Video: Hawaiian BMW M6 owner customizes car with koa wood interior finish

BMW Individual, a customization program that allows BMW customers to customize their own Beamer, recently welcomed a customer with a never-before-done idea that he wanted to do on a BMW M6 – using koa wood in the car’s interior finish.

For those who don’t know what koa wood is, it’s a pretty special – and rare - tree found in Hawaii that can only be harvested when a tree dies by itself or is uprooted by a storm. Hawaiian native Mark Carson figured that since the wood has been used in a number of other things – jewelry boxes and musical instruments – why not use it in the interior of a car.

So Carson sought out BMW with his idea and through the car brand’s BMW Individual program, he was able to get the go-signal from BMW that his idea of using koa wood in the interior of a BMW M6 was completely possible.
Months after he floated his idea around, Carson went all the way to BMW’s Munich headquarters to fetch his new ride: an Ontario Gold-finished BMW M6 with a koa wood interior finish.

Needless to say, the car looks amazing. Nice digs there, Mr. Carson!

Source: BMW


It seems to also be known as "the gold M6" since its the only 6 series ever painted in Ontario Gold. There were only 4 other BMWs (7 series) painted in this color before they decided to not offer it any longer. The 7 series cars in in Germany (1) and the Middle East (3).

No, the Individual options weren’t cheap. But it’s a once in a lifetime dream car for me, so I just focus on how nice it is when I’m driving it (or just looking at it).


Lovely wooden panels, for sure he’s excited with his new M6. Good thing that BMW are accepting their clients demand.

Not bad. Not bad at all. I guess we can call the M6 as the Hawaiian BMW M6 now. I wonder though on how much more did he have to pay to get them make this for him. I know it wouldn’t be cheap.

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