One of New Zealand's most recognised business people and philanthropist to art, sports and cultural endeavours has taken delivery of one of only a couple of new BMW i8 supercars.
The new owner, Sir Michael Hill, said he “simply had to have one” after first seeing the captivating new model when on a visit to BMW Head Office in Auckland last year.
"The aesthetics of the vehicle are spellbinding, it quite literally is a work of art and the design of the i8 is the finest shape I have ever seen. In my opinion, it rivals the beauty of any Italian masterpiece.
“I regard it as possibly one of the greatest achievements BMW has ever done. The appearance of the car is space age, it has amazing fuel efficiency and I can’t wait to be driving it!”
The Managing Director of BMW New Zealand, Nina Englert, said the wait for the new model to arrive in country had “most definitely” been worthwhile.
"In the almost 100 year history of BMW, there has never been a car which has been as eagerly anticipated as this one.
"It's easy to see why it's winning fans the world over and has already been earmarked as a future classic."
There are now five BMW i8 in New Zealand, with two in the South Island and three in the north.
"Sir Michael Hill’s new car was part of the very first customer shipment of the new model into the country," said Ms Englert.
"There has been huge anticipation leading up to the arrival of these vehicles and it's incredibly exciting to finally have them safely delivered to their new owners."