For the first time ever, but only for a limited period, BMW’s i8 hybrid sports car will be available in a red finish with the new Protonic Red special edition.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the i8 has only been offered with four exterior colors up until now – silver, white, blue and grey combined with either frozen grey or blue accents; any other shades you may have seen the car in were foil wraps.
The new i8 Protonic Red is part of a series of exclusive limited edition models poised to be unveiled for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in the beginning of March.
This version gets a Protonic Red finish with Frozen Grey metallic accents along with different BMW W-spoke 470 light-alloy wheels on the outside, and red double-stitching and exclusive carbon fiber and ceramic trims on the inside.
The standard model’s 357 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque hybrid powertrain that pairs a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder gasoline engine to an electric motor and lithium-ion high-voltage battery remains unchanged.
BMW will begin production of the i8 Protonic Red Edition at its Leipzig plant from July onwards before going on sale in September, priced at £112,535 OTR in the UK. Pricing and availability for the US have not been confirmed.