BMW Australia has brought out a limited-production i8 Protonic Red Edition.
Priced from $299,000 plus ORCs, this special edition of BMW’s unique hybrid sports car arrives in the brand’s centenary year and is limited to only five units nationally.
“Since its debut, the BMW i8 has stood out from the sports car crowd,” said Marc Werner, BMW Australia managing director.
“The limited-edition Protonic Red Edition is even more exclusive, reinforcing the i8’s unique combination of performance, efficiency and style.”
The i8 Protonic Red Edition is distinguished by the application of Protonic Red metallic paintwork with contrasting Frozen Grey metallic accents. Orbit Grey metallic is applied to the 20-inch W-spoke light alloy wheels to further enhance the i8 Protonic Red Edition’s road presence.
Inside, the special edition i8 boasts ‘Spheric’ leather trim with red highlights. Red double stitching features within the cabin, offsetting the anthracite headliner, grey seat belts, carbon fibre interior trims and smooth black ceramic finish to the gear selector switch cover and central console. The floor sections are also differentiated by velour and leather floor mats with red stitching. ‘Protonic Red Edition’ door sill finishers add a further exclusive flourish.
Purely a styling exercise, the Protonic Red Edition shares the same specification as the standard i8. Under the bonnet of the 2+2 sports car is a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 170kW of power and 250Nm of torque. It drives the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
Driving the front wheels is the i8’s second power source, a 96kW/250Nm BMW eDrive electric motor that runs through a two-stage automatic transmission that draws its energy from a 355 volt, six-module lithium-ion battery pack that is mounted centrally beneath the car’s floor.
The resulting combined outputs of both power units is a maximum of 266kW of power and peak torque of 570Nm, enabling the i8 to rush from 0-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 250km/h.