BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition

A special edition of the BMW i8 known as the the Protonic Red Edition is headed for a debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The model mostly gains a unique exterior paint, and is said to be on sale for a limited time only.

The BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition will be produced in the company’s production plant in Leipzig. As mentioned, the additions here don’t include much more than a Protonic Red exterior paint with Frozen Grey accents.

Additionally, this i8 gets a set of 20-inch BMW W-spoke 470 light-wheel wheels painted in Orbit Grey metallic. Inside, the car gets red double-stitching with carbon-fibre and ceramic trim. The rest of the BMW i8 remains exactly as before.

Notably, the 2+2 seater BMW i8 features a 231 hp 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower engine paired with a 131 hp electric motor. Collectively, the two power units form a hybrid all-wheel drive system with a total system output of 362 hp and 570 Nm of torque.

BMW says that its special edition i8 was made to commemorate the model’s achievement of being the “highest-selling hybrid sports car in the world” in 2015. In all, a total of 5,456 units of the BMW i8 were sold last year.

You can also check out how the BMW i8 fared against the Jaguar F-Type and the Mercedes-AMG GT S in our latest episode of the Driven Web Series.


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