BMW i8 Ultimate Sophisto Is The Sports Car’s Last Hooray Before Bimmer Pulls The Plug

BMW will end production of the 374 PS (369 HP) i8 plug-in hybrid sports car in April 2020, exactly six years after the daring project came to this world.

To mark the occasion, the automaker has released a final special edition named the Ultimate Sophisto. Described as “the last in the line of exclusive special editions of the world’s highest-selling plug-in hybrid sports car,” the Ultimate Sophisto Edition is on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Coupe guise, although it’s also available as a Roadster.

BMW will only make 200 units of the i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition, split evenly between the Coupe and the Roadster. Their defining feature is the exterior paintwork in Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect, from which the name of this edition is derived.

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The spectacular paint is complemented by accents in E-Copper, marking the first time this color has been used in such a way. Equally exclusive are the 20-inch BMW i light-alloy wheels in radial-spoke design that feature a dual-tone look blending E-Copper and black.

Look closely and you’ll also notice the clear-glass taillights — another special feature of the Ultimate Sophisto Edition. Other exterior tweaks worth noting are the Shadow Line trim element on the C-pillar and high-gloss black tailgate inlay. The brake calipers are also painted high-gloss black and feature blue detailing and BMW i badging.

The exclusive treatment carries over inside with an Accaro interior in Black/E-Copper matching the exterior look. The door sill plates feature “Ultimate Sophisto Edition” lettering and a numbered “X of 200” badge, marking the car’s exclusive status. The i8 Coupe adds an anthracite-colored headliner and extended storage, while the Roadster gets the travel package.

Naturally, the special i8 is fully equipped, with standard features including a Head-Up Display, BMW’s light package, a Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and ceramic applications for the controls.

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Photo credits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for Carscoops

  • Bob

    I drove behind one of these recently, what a mess of a car.

    • Alduin

      Yes have you seen the video of how to open the hood and the doors? Complicated mess of a car.

      • Matt

        Only complicated if you have a low IQ.

        • Alduin

          You obviously have no idea how an I8 works. Idiot.

        • Bob

          Simplicity is the greatest sophistication. This thing looks like it was designed by someone with low self-worth.

  • Alduin

    One of the WORST and most overly complicated BMW every made. Good riddance it’s gone for good soon. Take the POS I3 with you too.

    • Bo Hanan

      I agree with you. So it begs to ask why BMW would think an overpriced and uglier version of a failure would lure more potential buyers to it???

      • Alduin

        Because a few morons will buy it because “BMW”

  • SteersUright

    Still not the good looking high-end sports car it should’ve been. From some angles its alright, from others it just plain looks like an appliance or something from an 80’s sci-fi set.

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