BMW has revealed a limited-production model of its plug-in-hybrid (PHEV) sports coupe dubbed the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition. The new model features unique interior and exterior details.
True to its name, the exterior of the special-edition BMW i8 features Protonic Red paint offset by contrasting Frozen Gray metallic accents. The BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition rides on a set of two-tone BMW W-spoke 470 light-alloy wheels featuring Orbit Gray metallic paint with matte aluminum hubs.
Inside, the i8 Protonic Red Edition features contrasting red double-stitching throughout as well as carbon fiber and ceramic trim pieces.
"The success of the BMW i8 speaks for itself, it is already the world's most successful hybrid sports car and has comfortably exceeded our own expectations," Dr. Ian Robertson, BMW AG Board Member for Sales and Marketing said, in a release. "I can think of no better illustration of the relevance of our young BMW i brand."
The standard BMW i8 sports coupe's plug-in hybrid drivetrain is unchanged. Power for the electrified sports car comes from a 1.5-liter turbocharged I-3 gasoline engine mated to the BMW eDrive hybrid system. The gasoline engine is rated 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque and sends power to the rear wheels, while the hybrid synchronous electric motor produces 129 hp (96 kW) and 184 lb-ft and sends power to the front wheels. There is also an 8-hp rear electric motor. Total system power is rated 357 hp and 420 lb-ft.
While BMW claims the BMW i8 can reach 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, a 2014 BMW i8 we tested reached 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and finished the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds at 112.1 mph.
Combined with the 5-kWh lithium-ion battery, the BMW i8 can travel up to 22 miles and to an EV mode top speed of 75 mph with just the electric motor.
Although not slated for the U.S., the limited-production BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition goes on sale in the U.K. in September priced at 112,535 OTR (on the road), or about $162,958.