The plug-in hybrid sports car is not long for this world.
Shortly after coming out with the M4 Edition M Heritage, BMW is launching two additional special editions for global consumption. This time around, they’re based on the i3s hatchback and the i8 in both coupe and roadster body styles, with all three getting an assortment of cosmetic upgrades inside and out to tempt you into buying an eco-friendly Bimmer.
The petite i3s goes by the rather generic name of “Edition RoadStyle” and you can have it in any color you’d like as long as it’s (Fluid) Black. There are “E-Copper” accents here and there, such as the ones on the kidney grille inlays, air deflectors on the front bumper, and also on the side skirts. The dark theme is continued by the 20-inch alloy wheels design featuring a double-spoke design and a Jet Black finish.
Inside, the BMW i3s Edition RoadStyle has gained natural leather upholstery in Dalbergia Brown complemented by Dark Oak matt fine wood trim. Rounding off the changes are the headrests carrying an embroidered logo denoting the special edition’s name.
Coming to the U.S., the fancy i3s will enter production late this year and will be capped globally at 900 units.
Gallery: BMW i3s RoadStyle, i8 Ultimate Sophisto
As for the i8 duo, the plug-in hybrid coupe and roadster in Ultimate Sophisto guise are dipped in Sophisto Grey metallic paint and then BMW slaps some E-Copper accents to spruce things up. The electrified sports car rides on 20-inch radial-spoke wheels featuring those contrasting accents you’ll also notice on the front grille and side skirts.
At the back, the tailgate inlay has a high-gloss finish, much like the brake calipers further beautified by the BMW i badging and blue detailing. Door sill plates carrying the “Ultimate Sophisto Edition” lettering and a “1 of 200” badge inside the cabin complete the list of tweaks. The two i8s are generously equipped with a head-up display, ceramic controls, a Harman Kardon sound system, and navigation with support for Apple CarPlay. Go for the coupe and BMW will give the headliner an anthracite makeover.
The i8 is considerably more exclusive than the i3s since BMW will produce 200 examples for the entire world, starting late 2019. It effectively represents the end of the line for the i8, with the plug-in hybrid sports car to be discontinued after that.
Pricing for both special editions will be announced closer to on-sale date.
The 2020 BMW i3s Edition RoadStyle and i8 Ultimate Sophisto Editions
- i3s exclusive edition limited to 900 units worldwide.
- i8 Coupe and Roadster exclusive edition limited to 200 units worldwide.
- Production to begin in late 2019.
- Pricing to be announced closer to on-sale date.
i3s Edition RoadStyle
The i3s Edition RoadStyle features Fluid Black exterior paint with E-Copper finishing touches to the kidney grille inlays, front bumper air deflectors and side skirt accents. The 20-inch double-spoke light alloy BMW i wheels are finished in Jet Black. The cabin features a Dalbergia Brown natural leather interior with a Dark Oak matt fine wood trim and exclusive headrests embroidered with “Edition RoadStyle”.
The all-electric i3s is powered by an eDrive motor producing 181 hp @ 4,100 rpm and 199 lb-ft of torque from 0 rpm. A 120 Ah / 42.2 kWh battery allows for a range of up to 153 miles and a 0 to 60 mph sprint of 6.8 seconds.
The Carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell not only allows for a roomy and spacious interior but is also lightweight with a total curb weight of 3,040 lbs. The BMW i3s applies the concept of sustainability throughout using recycled plastics, renewable raw materials and natural fibers. Over 80 percent of the surfaces visible to the passengers are made from recycled materials or renewable resources.
i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition
The BMW i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition is the final chapter in the story of a very special car which, since its launch in 2014, has become the world’s most successful plug-in-hybrid sports car.
Both the i8 Coupe and Convertible feature Sophisto Grey metallic paint with E-Copper accents applied to the 20-inch radial-spoke BMW i light alloy wheels, kidney grille inserts and side skirt accent. The tailgate inlay is finished in High-gloss Black while C-pillar trim elements in Shadowline. The brake calipers are also painted High-gloss Black and feature blue detailing and BMW i badging.
The door sill plates display the words “Ultimate Sophisto Edition” and an interior badge adds the car’s status as being “1 of 200”. E-Copper detailing carries into the i8’s interior.
The i8 Coupe and Convertible Ultimate Sophisto Edition combine 369 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque with all-wheel drive, a CFRP passenger cell and an aluminum chassis to deliver an emotion-stirring, visceral driving experience. The i8 Coupe will sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.2 seconds with the Roadster right behind in 4.4 seconds, all while delivering 69 MPGe.
The i3s Edition RoadStyle features as standard equipment:
- Fluid Black paint with E-Copper accents
- Dalbergia Brown Natural Leather
- 20-inch Style 431 Jet Black wheels
- Dark Oak fine wood trim
- Headrests embroidered with special edition name
- Sophisto Grey exterior paint with E-Copper accents
- E-Copper Leather upholstery
- Exclusive 20-inch Style 516 wheels finished in E-Copper
- Ultimate Sophisto Edition 1 of 200 interior badge
- Ultimate Sophisto Edition door sills
- Black painted brake calipers
- Head-Up Display
- Navigation with Apple CarPlay Compatibility
- Harman-Kardon Audio System
- Ceramic controls
- Anthracite headliner (i8 Coupe)
|i3s||i8 Coupe||i8 Roadster|
|Edition RoadStyle||Ultimate Sophisto||Ultimate Sophisto|
|Number of Doors||--||4||2||2|
|Width including mirrors||inches||80.3||87.3||87.3|
|Shoulder width front||inches||53.6||56.7||56.7|
|Shoulder room rear||inches||49.2||49.6||--|
|Trunk volume||ft³||15.1 – 36.9||4.7||2.3|
|Fuel Tank capacity||gallons||--||11.1||11.1|
|Gasoline Engine type||--||B38K||B38K|
|Valves per cylinder||--||--||4||4|
|Bore x Stroke||mm||--||82.0 x 94.6||82.0 x 94.6|
|Engine power||hp||--||228 @ 5,800-6,000||228 @ 5,800-6,000|
|Engine torque||Lb-ft.||--||236 @ 3,700||236 @ 3,700|
|eDrive Motor||AC Synchronous||AC Synchronous||AC Synchronous|
|eDrive Power||hp||181 @ 4,100 rpm||141 @ 4,300||141 @ 4,300|
|eDrive Torque||lb-ft.||199 @ 0 rpm||184 @ 0-4,100||184 @ 0-4,100|
|High-voltage battery type||Lithium-ion||Lithium-ion||Lithium-ion|
|Battery capacity||42 kWh / 120 Ah||11.6 kWh / 33 Ah||11.6 kWh / 33 Ah|
|Transmission type||--||Single-speed Automatic||2-spd auto / 6-spd auto||2-spd auto / 6-spd auto|
|Gear ratios 1st gear||--||9.67||11.30 / 4.46||11.30 / 4.46|
|2nd||--||--||5.85 / 2.51||5.85 / 2.51|
|Final drive ratio||--||--||3.68||3.68|
|Tires, standard, front / rear||--||215/45R20 / 245/40R20||215/45R20 / 245/40R20|
|Wheels, standard, front / rear||20 x 7.5 / 20 x 8.5||20 x 7.5 / 20 x 8.5|
|Tire type||inches||Performance run-flat||Performance run-flat|
|Electric-only range||miles||up to 153||18||18|
|Fuel Economy combined||MPGe||112||69||69|