Latest limited-run model from BMW is a Japan-only affair that doesn't really live up to the "special" status attributed.

2016 is the year BMW celebrates its centenary and while we’re waiting for something truly interesting to mark this anniversary, here’s a Japan-only i3 special edition. It’s called the “Carbonight” and only 40 of them will be made exclusively for customers in the Land of the Rising Sun. The cars will come painted in a new Fluid Black shade combined with blue accents noticeable on the kidney grille and side skirts.

There’s nothing really special about the car, but it does come nicely equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, and tinted rear windows. The interior cabin is home to a Harman Kardon audio system with 12 speakers, seven-channel surround, and a total power of 360 watts. The interior adopts the Loft theme and comes with special badging and heated front seats as standard equipment.

If you are among the 40 buyers, BMW Japan will also throw in a carbon fiber case for your smartphone and you’ll also get a wireless home speaker system.

Already available on order, the i3 Carbonight special edition costs ¥ 5,980,000 (almost $55,000) and comes exclusively with the range-extending two-cylinder, gasoline engine. The latest i3 limited-run model follows a Tuxedo Blue version launched back in February in United Kingdom where the Bavarians joined forces with menswear retailer MR PORTER.

Source: BMW Japan

BMW i3 Carbonight