2016 BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition

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BMW is planning several special edition versions of the i8 hybrid sports car, with the Protonic Red being the first of the series.

The car is finished in, fittingly enough, Protonic Red paint that is exclusive to the model. Contrasting accents are in Frozen Grey Metallic. The 20" W-spoke are painted in Orbit Grey Metallic and Aluminum Matte hubs.

The interior has "i8" embossing on the front headrests, as well as red seams on the seating, and red stitching on the door and side trim. Carbon fiber is used on the center console and instrument panel, as well the pull handles on the inside doors. Door sill strips bear the letting "Protonic Red Edition".

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Engine 1.5 liter 3-cyl hybrid Weight --
Aspiration turbocharged Torque 420 lb-ft
HP 362 hp total HP/Weight --
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0-62 mph 4.4 seconds Top Speed --

(from BMW Press Release) BMW i presents the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition special-edition model. Largest market presence of any premium supplier of electric vehicles.

The BMW i brand began manufacturing the first ever cars designed from the outset for zero-local-emission driving – in the form of the all-electric BMW i3 and the groundbreaking BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car – back in November 2013. By expanding its product portfolio to include a wealth of pioneering and highly convenient services, BMW i now has the largest worldwide market presence of any premium manufacturer of electric cars and is playing a very active role in shaping the future of personal mobility. In the process, the BMW i brand has come to represent an approach where sustainability is a key defining element, and it is synonymous above all with forward-looking mobility and progressive design.

All of these qualities are captured to highly impressive effect by the new BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition model on show in Geneva, which takes individuality to a whole new level with its exclusive highlights and equipment features. It is the prelude to a series of special-edition variants of the innovative plug-in hybrid sports car, which will each be available for a limited period of time only. It boasts all the special hallmarks of a BMW i car, such as the specially developed LifeDrive architecture with a passenger cell made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), and the BMW eDrive powertrain technology that delivers exemplary efficiency combined with outstanding everyday practicality and generates the driving pleasure for which BMW is renowned.

The new BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition.

The BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition taking to stage at the Geneva Motor Show is a new and exclusive limited-edition version of the plug-in hybrid sports car that offers customers a new option when it comes to tailoring the trailblazing sports coupe even more closely to their individual tastes. At the same time, the Protonic Red Edition is the first in a series of forthcoming special-edition variants, which will allow customers to enjoy a selection of bespoke equipment highlights in the 2+2-seater BMW i8 sports car.

Due to go into production this July, the inaugural special-edition BMW i8 sports an exclusive Protonic Red paint finish with contrast accents in Frozen Grey metallic. This is complemented by BMW W-spoke 470 light-alloy wheels painted in Orbit Grey metallic with hubs painted in Aluminium matt and mixedsize tyres (front: 215/45 R20, rear: 245/40 R20). The “i8” embossing on the front head restraints and the door sill strips bearing the lettering “Protonic Red Edition” lend a special touch to the interior’s natural aesthetic appeal. The seats feature double lap seams in red, and the red stitching is in evidence again in the door and side trim panels, echoing the exterior paintwork to perfection. Exclusively designed embellishers made from highgrade carbon fibre for the centre console and instrument panel reinforce the cool, sporty look of the BMW i8 interior, as do the carbon-fibre pull handles on the insides of the doors. The gear selector with black ceramic detailing, the grey-coloured seat belts and the specially designed floor mats with leather piping and red contrast stitching put the finishing touches to the cabin’s highly individual styling.

The BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition will be produced at the Leipzig plant starting in July 2016, and will be available to order for a limited period only up to the end of 2016.