The BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition will be produced in limited numbers, with bespoke red paintwork and interior trim
Jimi Beckwith
12 February 2016

The limited-edition BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition has been revealed, bringing a host of styling upgrades over the regular i8.

As the name suggests, the i8 Protonic Red Edition is marked out by its red bodywork and metallic grey highlights, the red paint being specially developed for the car. W-spoke alloys also come as standard on the Protonic Red Edition, usually a £1150 option, and it features a black front grille surround.

Inside, red upholstery stitching and bespoke carbonfibre and ceramic trim are added to the i8. No underbonnet or mechanical changes have been made, with BMW claiming that the Protonic Red Edition’s focus is on individuality and exclusivity. For this reason, BMW plans to limit production, although is yet to decide how many - or few - will be made. 

There are currently no plans to extend the special edition, or similar, to the i8's stablemate, the i3.

The i8 Protonic Red Edition is priced at £112,535, which falls to £110,035 after the £2500 government grant applied to hybrid cars from 1 March. The special edition carries a premium of £8995 over the standard i8, which starts at £102,040 after the grant.

The i8 Protonic Red Edition maintains the standard i8's claimed CO2 emissions of 49g/km and 134.5mpg combined fuel economy, as well as a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec and electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

The i8 Protonic Red Edition will go into production in July, with first deliveries expected in September. 

Our Verdict

BMW i8
The BMW i8 joins the i3 as part of the firm's 'i' range of vehicles

Can BMW's baby hypercar blow the lid off performance convention?

Join the debate

Comments
7

12 February 2016

So basically BMW are charging £9k for a paint job with a different colour interior, what is it they say about a fool and his money..

12 February 2016
Citytiger wrote:

So basically BMW are charging £9k for a paint job with a different colour interior, what is it they say about a fool and his money..

Haha you should try popping a triple layer pearlescent on your F12. £9k? Bargain.

12 February 2016

.... Whenever I see the rear end it reminds of a comment made in Car mag that said it looks like it's giving birth to a 911.

Looks cleaner at the front end than before. It's clever but just too big.

 

 

You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

14 February 2016
harf wrote:

.... Whenever I see the rear end it reminds of a comment made in Car mag that said it looks like it's giving birth to a 911.

Oh great, thanks for that! Haha I'm never not going to see that now

12 February 2016

I am not a convert to the electric powertrain yet but I am just glad that the BMW i8 and the Tesla exist.

13 February 2016

Sorry the i8 does not get the £2500 grant as it is over £60000

From the picture and description this i8 gets Laser lights and Carbon fibre trim

These options are currently £5100 and £1700 so adding the Wheels £1150 and a Trim option probably £1800 brings it close to £10k of extras so the extra is about right add comfort access, Hi fi and internet thats another £1500 ish

I'm getting one next month in Silver with the Carbon fibre and laser lights and can say the CF interior is the best I've seen a matt finish and the feel of the weave luckily I'm getting the existing £5k grant

15 February 2016
IanS wrote:

comfort access,

Sounds very nice, but whats comfort access?
On the website it just says allows easy opening of the doors, for £100k I would expect the doors to be easy to open without having to pay extra, or is it BMW speak for keyless entry?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C4 Grand Picasso
    First Drive
    26 August 2016
    The Citroën Grand C4 Picasso gets tweaked styling, improved tech and new personalisation options to keep it ahead of rivals
  • Car review
    26 August 2016
    Wolfsburg celebrates the GTI’s 40th with its most extreme version yet
  • Kia Optima Sportwagon
    First Drive
    25 August 2016
    New Kia estate looks the part, has good space and handles tidily, but its engine's flexibility and refinement let it down
  •  Kia Optima PHEV
    First Drive
    25 August 2016
    Plug-in hybrid Optima is a practical, tax-efficient PHEV that undercuts rivals and fulfils its main remit well, but keen drivers need not apply
  • Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder
    First Drive
    24 August 2016
    Awful driving position aside, drop-top Huracán handles UK roads well. It's more dynamically rounded than its rangemates, but lacks rivals' handling bite