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Special edition of hybrid sports car is limited to 20 units and priced at just over £135,000

The BMW i8 Protonic Red Celebration Edition, a special limited-production version of the Protonic Red Edition unveiled earlier this year, has been launched in Japan. 

The Celebration Edition version of the hybrid sports car is limited to just 20 examples, and is broadly similar to the standard car announced in February. BMW Japan has announced the Celebration Edition to commemorate the German manufacturer's 100th anniversary. Six other limited-edition models of different BMW cars have already been unveiled.

As the name suggests, this limited-edition BMW i8 comes clad in Protonic Red paint, along with Frozen Grey metallic accents. It also has 20in alloy wheels, painted in Orbit Grey. The interior is finished in Carpo black leather with red stitching, carbonfibre trim and door sill plates that proclaim the car’s special-edition status and serial number.

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The BMW i8 Protonic Red Celebration Edition is available to order in Japan now, priced at ¥22,000,000 (£135,399). Customers will take delivery in October.

The original BMW Protonic Red Edition was announced in February and will be on sale in the UK from September, priced at £112,535.

The standard BMW i8 hybrid was launched in 2015. It has a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 228bhp and an electric motor powering the front wheels. Its combined output is 357bhp and 420lb ft. In the UK, the standard i8 costs from £104,540.

Phill Tromans

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Ravon 31 May 2016

Depreciation !

Great car, now mines over its numerous early faults, really enjoy driving this new technology. But BMW have really let down "early adopters" judging the market wrongly , and increasing production such that the used car market is swimming with ultra low milage cars at about thirty thousand Pounds off list price. Just hope the idiot that made the decision to up the numbers is searching for a new job !