Comfortably exceeding expectations, the BMW i8 is a success story of note. Last year, global sales exceeded the combined figure of all other hybrid sports cars produced by other manufacturers. 5 456 units of the i8, which is powered by the combination of a three-cylinder turbocharged engine and an electric drive system, were sold worldwide in 2015.
BMW is about to add further lustre to the i8’s appeal with an exclusive special edition model poised to be unveiled for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in early March; others will follow. The new arrivals will present customers with even more ways to own a very individual car and the first is the i8 Protonic Red edition – only available for a limited period. This take on the 2+2-seater with carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell and efficient BMW eDrive drive system technology will be produced at BMW Plant Leipzig from July; it sports a Protonic Red paint finish with accents in metallic frozen grey. The colour scheme is complemented by BMW W-spoke 470 light-alloy wheels painted in metallic orbit grey with hubs painted in aluminium. Inside the inaugural special edition i8, red double-stitching and applications in high-grade carbon fibre and ceramic provide indications of its exceptional sporting character.
The BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition will be available in South Africa from September 2016.