Five in black, one in yellow. Best hurry, fellow.
The BMW i8 Protronic special edition, with its special Frozen colour schemes (that have nothing to do with the Disney film), will be headed here in extremely limited numbers, it has been revealed. Last year saw the global introduction of the Protonic Red edition, with the yellow and black examples headed down under following in the Red’s wake.
The $303,300 price tag being commanded for the Protonic special editions (a $3,300 premium over the standard car, which isn’t going to make much difference to those on this end of the market) bags only a handful of exclusive bits and bobs, namely the paint itself (allegedly requiring special tooling and a painstakingly laborious process), bespoke Frozen Grey metallic accents, 20” alloys, and contrasting grey seatbelts to go with the ‘Spheric’ seats finished in Amido leather.
The rest of the cabin features some other bespoke touches too, featuring “premium” trim mixing Amido leather with yellow accents, embossed logos on the headrests, black leather floor mats, yellow stitching in places, and a smattering of black ceramic and carbon fibre throughout.
CEO of BMW Australia, Marc Werner, is confident that the BMW i8 Protonic special editions will be well-received in Australia, despite its offering in very limited numbers.
“The BMW i8 has long been the proof of our commitment to a greener future, without compromising on performance. Now, the latest Protonic Frozen Black and Frozen Yellow editions provide additional collector appeal, with a focus on high luxury and exclusivity.” — Marc Werner, CEO, BMW Australia
The i8 Protonic’s “focus on high-luxury and exclusivity” means that there are no mechanical changes to the hybrid sports car, meaning it continues to produce 266kW/570Nm from its petrol-electric powertrain. Couple that to the carbon-fibre structure, low centre of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution, and the i8 rockets from rest to 100km/h in just 4.4-seconds. Recharging the hybrid system can be done with an iWallbox that BMW will sell you, or just a regular 10A power outlet.