BMW i8

A special edition latest flagship coupe, the BMW i8 Protonic is being marketed under BMW’s Performance eco-focused sub-brand, and is to be released in a limited number in Australia. This is already an awe-inspiring sports car, and the new edition brings some unique trimming and cosmetic changes.

With its butterfly doors, spaceship look and cool design, this super sports car is in a word, desirable.

Special door sills have been fitted in this edition, and the Spheric seats are trimmed in a new high-end dark Mido leather with premium cloth inserts and Amido and yellow, with woven yellow stitching and grey seatbelts. Yellow piping finishes the floor mats. The roof lining is a soft anthracite in colour.

Externally the Protonic version of the hybrid supercar is differentiated from the regular models by distinct 20-inch matte-finish light alloy wheels.

The centre console features a gear lever with a black ceramic finish and carbon fibre trimmings giving a sporty, futuristic look. The iDrive controller sports a special engraved i8 logo.

Power for the special edition comes from the same 1.5-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine producing 170kW and 320Nm. Although this is very impressive in itself, for a 1.5, it’s supported by a 7.1kWh electric motor assist system that produces 96kW and 250Nm. Combined output is rated at 266kW and 570Nm.

Across the 0-100km/h sprint, the i8 takes just 4.4 seconds. Despite the performance, fuel economy for the official combined cycle is rated at just 2.1L/100km. It can also drive on electric power alone for up to 31km and at speeds up to 120km/h.

The BMW i8 Protonic special edition is on sale in Australia from November, with prices starting at $303,300 (excluding on-roads). Buyers have the choice of Protonic Yellow and Protonic Black.

The Protonic versions of the BMW i8 will be sold in extremely limited numbers. Only six of these special vehicles will be released in Australia – and only one of these will be available in Frozen Yellow, with the remaining five being available in Frozen Black. The Protonic is certainly destined for  collector status – especially the single Frozen Yellow which certainly qualifies as “ultimate i8 collector status”.

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