Black and yellow, black and yellow.
At the Geneva Motor Show in March, BMW will announce two colorful additions to its i8 range. The i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition, and the i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow edition will both make their debuts – bringing the total number of i8 color options to 12, up from the original four that were introduced with the car new.
The i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition will come with a custom exterior black finish (obviously), and a number of bespoke options on the interior. The Protonic Frozen Yellow, meanwhile, will feature a custom yellow exterior, as well as some of the same unique additions to the cabin.
The two new colors will add on to the already wide array of options available to i8 buyers. For a small fee of $6,900 (£5,495), buyers can choose from more than six colors off the recently introduced Individual Colors Collection. Those new finishes include Java Green, Speed Yellow, Solar Orange, Twilight Purple Pearl, and Frozen Grey, just to name a few.
No matter what color you do decide upon for your i8, you'll still get loads of performance to go along with it. Under the hood, the 1.5-liter three-cylinder hybrid engine is good for 357 horsepower (266 kilowatts) and 420 pound-feet (569 Newton-meters) of torque. The i8 also achieves 28 MPGe and has an estimated range of 15 miles (24 kilometers) on pure battery power.
But get them while they're hot – I mean, cold. These special editions will undoubtedly be limited to just a few hundred examples. Though BMW hasn’t announced how much the frozen i8s will set back buyers, the base i8 starts at $140,700. As a reminder, BMW sold 3,752 units of its i8 sports car in 2016.
Gallery: BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Black and Yellow
Electrically-powered driving enjoyment on the road to success; world premiere of the BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition.
With the BMW i3 capturing a huge market share, and new special-edition versions of the BMW i8 and additional BMW iPerformance models both on the way, the BMW Group is extending its global leadership in the field of sustainable mobility. The BMW i3 is the most successful electric vehicle in the premium compact segment. Likewise, the BMW i8 continues to top its class by a substantial margin. Thanks to the i8 and the BMW iPerformance models, BMW is the world’s most successful maker of plug-in hybrid models in the premium segment. A sales milestone of 100,000 BMWs powered by either an all-electric or plug-in-hybrid drive system was passed in autumn 2016. And the BMW Group is aiming to sell a further 100,000 vehicles featuring BMW eDrive technology in 2017.
The line-up of exclusive, limited-run special editions of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car continues to expand in number. The BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition, for example, will celebrate its world premiere at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. A BMW Individual Protonic Frozen Black paint finish and bespoke interior styling further accentuate its avant-garde allure. And later in 2017, BMW i will launch the BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition, giving customers another way to experience electrically-powered driving pleasure laced with added exclusivity.