BMW i3 & i8 Starlight Editions Feature Actual 24-Carat Gold Paint

BMW’s i models look distinctly different from just about anything else on the road, which is part of their appeal. However, these two here stand out even among other futuristic-looking electrified vehicles.

Together they’re called the Starlight Edition, and they were created by BMW’s local division in the Czech Republic. The matching i3 hatchback and i8 sports car have been painted not just in a gold tone, but with actual 24-carat gold.

The gold dust, furnished by Liebscher Blattgold GmbH, was applied by painter Miroslav Špičák, designer Zoltán Matuška, and local paint partner Toplac in a gradient finish. Consisting of hundreds of thousands of golden drops and applied in four layers (over the existing six-layer coat), the paint fades to black towards the rear of each vehicle to give the appearance of a starry sky.

The gold theme continues inside, where the vents, center panels, steering wheel hubs, and door sills were painted to match the bodywork. Otherwise the plug-in hybrids are mechanically identical to any other i3 and i8, although you may have some trouble getting your hands on either.

Only one example of each has been made, and they’re set to be auctioned off for charity. Proceeds are earmarked to benefit the VIZE 97 Prize, awarded each year to groundbreaking scientific researchers by the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation. The pair were recently exhibited at the Invelt showroom in Prague and will soon be featured at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

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  • robotlogic

    Super sweet paint effect!

  • Bash

    I hate it already.

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    Pure trash! The Arabs will love it. 😂😂😂

  • Bo Hanan

    BMW has officially lost its way. Now it’s all about catering to the masses. There are no car enthusiast at BMW anymore.

  • TheBelltower


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