BMW is getting ready for the Geneva Motor Show next month in high style by launching a new color for its flagship i8 hybrid supercar. It’s introducing a limited-edition Protonic Red Edition i8 with a Frozen Grey color theme, developed just for the sportster. Folks, this is bound to get some attention on the road because we’re talking bright red here.
Frozen Grey compliments the bright hue as the accent color on the rocker panels and rear fascia. The Orbit Grey metallic W-Spoke 20-inch wheels round off the look. The interior gets on theme with red stitching throughout.
The new color scheme is set to be the first of several limited-edition models. This is good news since previously the i8 has only been available in two color options: Protonic Blue with Frozen Grey and White Pearl metallic with BMW i Frozen Blue.
BMW calls it’s i8 “an icon of progress” on the supercar’s official web page. Its unique design focuses on futuristic iconic with swan-wing doors, floating roof line, tucked away door handles, and distinctive aerodynamic lines.
The i8 has a cruising range of 330 on a full tank and charge and it gets up to 76 mpge (miles per gallon electric). It goes from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Hybrid power comes from a TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder combustion engine and an electric motor. These combine for a total of 357-horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
Charging takes two and a half hours. The automaker notes that there are 23,000 public charging stations that accommodate the i8 across the U.S. It can also charge up at an at-home Level 2 charging station.
The 2016 i8 starts at $140,700. It remains to be seen how much the Protonic Red will add to the price tag, and for now, it looks like it’s only bound for the UK, but who knows the U.S. could get lucky.
The red edition will roll off the production line in Leipzig, Germany this July.