It really is called the i8 Protonic Red Edition, or in BMW’s mind a limited production model offering more individuality to the i8 range. The i8 can be considered a success, costing around £100k the plugin-hybrid sports coupe has sold 5,400 units worldwide.
To put it into perspective Aston Martin struggle to break into the 4,000 units per year mark. How much profit BMW makes per model isn’t known.
Even if each model makes a slight loss the exposure that the i8 generates will echo for many years to come. So what is the fuss about this Protonic Red Edition?
From what we can gather it appears BMW want to charge extra for a new exterior colour scheme which they are calling Protonic Red with Frozen Grey accents.
The colour scheme is complemented by BMW W-spoke 470 light-alloy wheels painted in Orbit Grey metallic with hubs painted in Aluminium matt and mixed-size tyres (front: 215 R20, rear: 245/40).
The interior is trimmed with high-class red double-stitching and exclusive carbon fibre and ceramic elements.
Powering the i8 is a compact, turbocharged, 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre petrol engine delivers 231nhp and 320Nm.
The car’s second power source is a 131hp hybrid synchronous electric motor which sends its power to the front axle. The motor develops 250Nm torque from a standstill.
Performance stats are very respectable, 0-62mph takes 4.4 seconds and the top speed is limited to 155mph.
As well as providing a power boost to assist the petrol engine during acceleration, the electric motor can also power the vehicle by itself.
The i8 has a range in everyday driving of up to 22 miles and a top speed of 75mph on electric power alone, drawing its energy from a lithium-ion battery.
The BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition will be produced at BMW Plant Leipzig from July onwards and will officially be on sale from September, 2016 priced at £112,535 OTR.