Red BMW i8 will be unique in NZ
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One New Zealander only will get the chance to own the limited-edition BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition.
Priced from $282,000 plus on-road costs, the special edition hybrid sports car helps celebrate the brand's centenary year.
But New Zealand has been allocated only one of the Protonic Red metallic painted sports car to be made.
BMW New Zealand managing director Florian Renndorfer said the i8 stood out from the crowd, and the red edition was even more exclusive.
The red contrasted with Frozen Grey metallic accents, with Orbet Grey metallic 20-inch W-spoke light alloy wheels all helping the car to stand out on the road.
Inside the car there is red double stitching features in the cabin, carbon fibre interior trims and velour and leather floor mats with red stitching.
The BMW i8 was conceived as a plug-in-hybrid sports car from the start, designed to offer strong performance, agile handling and outstanding efficiency.
Made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic, BMW says the i8’s passenger cell offers safety and rigidity while staying true to the vehicle’s lightweight philosophy.
An efficient yet powerful 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine produces 170kW of power and 320Nm of torque. The combustion engine works with a 96kW/250Nm synchronous electric motor that drives the front axle. Combined power and torque outputs are 266kW/570Nm, yet fuel consumption is only 2.1L/100 on the combined cycle.
Supported by a 7.1kWh (5kWh useable) lithium-ion battery pack, the electric motor’s output can be used to power the vehicle for up to 31km on pure electric power, at speeds of up to 120km/h. The electric motor also provides a boost function that enables the all-wheel drive BMW i8 to accelerate to 100km/h from rest in just 4.4 seconds.
The special edition i8 will arrive in New Zealand within the next three months.