BMW Delivered The First 18 i8 Roadsters All At Once

Typically when an automaker builds the first examples of a new model, it puts them on trucks, trains, boats, and planes, and sends them out to their eagerly awaiting customers around the world. But not BMW. At least not with the first examples of the new i8 Roadster.

Instead it handed over the first 18 of them to their enthusiastic new owners at its headquarters in Munich. The customers are all part of the BMW i8 Club – each of them, we gather, already owners of i8 coupes, and only too glad to get into the new drop-top version.

These 18 highly symbolic examples are special First Edition models, each individually numbered. Not only as part of the special series, but as the first dozen and a half among those. That ought to make them even more collectible in the long run.

The special edition features ceramic switches, matte carbon interior trim, an upgraded Harman Kardon sound system, and i8 logos projected into the footwell upon opening the doors.

The automaker’s sales chief for Germany completed the handover, along with the vehicle’s designer and project managers, at the BMW Welt in Munich. The club members who took possession came from within Germany and from Switzerland, Belgium, and as far away as Singapore. After touring the facility, they hopped into their new plug-in hybrid roadsters and drove them down to Lake Como for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

“We have been eagerly awaiting this moment for months – in fact, ever since we saw the first pictures of this gorgeous vehicle. The chance to enjoy the amazing driving experience of the Coupé in a Roadster is a dream come true for all of us,” explained Claus-Dieter Bachmann, president of the BMW i8 Club. “My fellow club members and I have been especially touched by the warm and enthusiastic welcome we have received here at BMW Welt. It has been an emotional moment we will never forget.”

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  • Daniela Wolf

    BMW will sale very low numbers.
    Just like the old I-8 the new edition will sacrifice billions.
    But who cares about debts? 140 billion € – no problem.

    • ProtectOurHeritage

      BMW wouldn’t launch such cars if there was no benefit in doing so. Yes, some cars (especially those that the latest technology that they deem as “halo models”) are loss leaders. Will it put them out of business? No.

      • Daniela Wolf

        No but 140 billion € will.

        • ProtectOurHeritage

          You think BMW are going to bankrupt themselves over the launch of a car? Dream on Daniela!

          • Daniela Wolf

            Read my comment ….

          • ProtectOurHeritage

            I did. It didn’t make sense.

          • Daniela Wolf

            Ur statement, too.

          • ProtectOurHeritage

            Please come back when BMW has gone bust and I will tell you I am wrong. Until then, I’d advise you to stop with your pathetic comments.

          • Daniela Wolf

            Debts are no problem. 😛
            Wait 20 trillion $ – no problem.^^

          • ProtectOurHeritage

            BMW are $20t in debt? That news to everyone!

          • Daniela Wolf

            USA 20 trillion

            BMW 140 billion

          • ProtectOurHeritage


          • Daniela Wolf

            debt levels



            …. no problem…..

          • ProtectOurHeritage

            108%? 140%? Link?

  • ProtectOurHeritage

    That’s not bad when compared to other companies. Look at the state Tesla is in!

    • Daniela Wolf

      Yes but remember that BMW was bancrupt once and only survived because Germany took care of it.

      • ProtectOurHeritage

        I’m not that bothered if BMW goes bankrupt or not, but things are a little different than they were in 1959.

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