BMW have released official images of a special edition, the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition. The BMW i8 has been selling well. It is a unique blend of performance car and efficiency with a top speed of 155 mph and a combined 113 mpg figure. BMW sold 5,400 in 2015 alone, the new Protonic Red Edition is a celebratory model of sorts!
The BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition is available for a limited time. The paintwork, is Protonic Red with Frozen Grey metallic accents. BMW W-spoke 470 light-alloy wheels are also fitted, finished in Orbit Grey metallic. Inside, the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition comes with red double-stitching, carbon fibre and ceramic trims.
Other than the above aesthetic changes, the produced at BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition is mechanically the same as the standard vehicle. This means it gets a 1.5 litre 3-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo. The engine produces 231 hp and 320 Nm which, when coupled with the 131 hp hybrid engine, combines for a full 357 hp.
In all-electric mode, the 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack allows for an electric drive time of 37 km. The chassis is made largely from carbon fibre reinforced plastic. The i8 manages a 0-62mph time of 4.4 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
In the UK, the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition retails for £112,535. It will be produced at the BMW Plant in Leipzig from July onwards with deliveries set to start from September.