Since MotorChase was created, we still did not have a chance to speak about the BMW i8. It is not only a Mission Impossible star, but an admirable piece of engineering. And now the chance has come to us in form of a special edition, a red one! This is the i8 Protonic Red Edition, slated to premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The i8 is a sports coupé with a 1.5 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine that generates 170 kW and 320 Nm, but this is the least we can say about it. It is also a hybrid sports car build with a carbon fiber structure and the same phylosophy BMW uses for its i cars: a Drive module and a Life module.
The first refers to all that is necessary for the car to move, just like a chassis, but entirely built of aluminum. That allows for a lower center of mass.
The second, to the cabin, which is entirely made of carbon fiber. It is lighter and safer than a regular cabin.
In the Drive module, the i8 also has an electric engine that generates 96 kW and 250 Nm. It powers the front axle, while the combustion engine is responsible for the rear axle and is mounted a little ahead of it, in a mid-rear position. The total output of the hybrid powertrain is a simple sum of the two: 266 kW and 520 Nm. Apparently, losses in the powertrain integration are a thing of the past.
The i8 is 4.69 m long, 1.94 m wide, 1.29 m tall and has a 2.80 m wheelbase. It weighs 1,490 kg, reaches 250 km/h (governed speed) and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 s. In pure electric power, it can reach a top speed of 120 km/h.
The Protonic Red Edition adds the red color to the car, one that was never made available, even though it looks this good. It will have W-spoke alloy wheels and feature red double-stitching on the seats and exclusive carbon fiber and ceramic trims on the interior. That makes this special edition cost £112,535 OTR in the UK when it goes on sale, in September. BMW has not disclosed how many will be made. We just hope that the answer is “more than enough”.