Last year BMW Australia announced a limited run of the i8 Protonic Red and only five were destined for our native soil. This year, we not only have five i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition available, there will also be a solitary i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow destined for only one owner.
“The BMW i8 has long been the proof of our commitment to a greener future, without compromising on performance,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner.
“Now the latest Protonic Frozen Black and Frozen Yellow Editions provide additional collector appeal, with a focus on high luxury and exclusivity.”
Engine wise, both Protonic editions share the same engine specifications as the standard i8 which is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor producing a combined power output of 266kW and 570Nm of torque.
Both limited edition colours will come with Frozen Grey metallic accents aswell as 20-inch-W-spoke alloy wheels with a matte-finish to compliment the matte look.
The interior also sees an individual look with ‘Spheric’ seats trimmed in dark Amido leather with contrasting grey seat belts and embossed i8 logos embedded into the headrests. A black ceramic finish is used for the gearshift lever and center console, while we also find carbon fibre trim visible and an i8 logo engraved on the iDrive controller. Yellow cross stitching can found throughout the whole vehicle on the instrument panel, door panels and side trims, whereas the roofliner is finished in soft anthracite. Even the floor mats have been specially designed in black leather with yellow highlights. To finish it off, ‘Protonic Frozen Black Edition’ or ‘Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition’ identifies each vehicle on door sill.
Pricing starts at $303,300 plus on road costs and the Protonic Frozen Black Edition is already available for order from the dealers. On the other hand, Protonic Forzen Yellow will be available from November.