BMW i8 Celebration Edition Japan 1

Remember the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition from this year’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show? Well, BMW Japan has decided that the special edition model would be the perfect gift to commemorate the German marque’s 100th birthday. However, you’ll have to buy said gift.

Visually, the car is identical to the one shown in Switzerland. Aside from the obvious Protonic Red paint, there are also Frozen Grey accents on select areas of the i8’s body. The wheels in this case, are BMW’s 20-inch W-spoke 470 lightweight alloys finished in Orbit Grey metallic.

Other exterior bits include BMW’s Laserlight headlamps that are superior to LED units. As for the cabin, there is a generous serving of carbon-fibre trim pieces alongside the leather upholstery. There are also unique door sill plates, and a serial number plate to indicate the model’s rarity as you’ll find out later.

Everything else however, is status quo. Therefore, the 2+2 hybrid sports car is powered by a 231 hp 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower engine, paired with a 131 hp electric motor. Together, the system provides a total system output of 362 hp and 570 Nm of torque.

BMW Japan is asking 22,000,000 yen (RM813,963) for the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition, and only 20 units will be offered exclusively for the Japanese market in a mix of left- and right-hand drive configurations. So, this or the 600 hp M6 Coupe special?