BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition revealed

The limited-edition BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition has been revealed, bringing a host of styling upgrades over the regular i8.

As the name suggests, the i8 Protonic Red Edition is marked out by its red bodywork and metallic grey highlights, the red paint being specially developed for the car. W-spoke alloys also come as standard on the Protonic Red Edition, usually a £1150 option, and it features a black front grille surround.

Inside, red upholstery stitching and bespoke carbonfibre and ceramic trim are added to the i8. No underbonnet or mechanical changes have been made, with BMW claiming that the Protonic Red Edition’s focus is on individuality and exclusivity. For this reason, BMW plans to limit production, although is yet to decide how many – or few – will be made.

There are currently no plans to extend the special edition, or similar, to the i8’s stablemate, the i3.

The i8 Protonic Red Edition is priced at £112,535, which falls to £110,035 after the £2500 government grant applied to hybrid cars from 1 March. The special edition carries a premium of £8995 over the standard i8, which starts at £102,040 after the grant.

The i8 Protonic Red Edition maintains the standard i8’s claimed CO2 emissions of 59g/km and 133mpg combined fuel economy, as well as a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec and electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

The i8 Protonic Red Edition will go into production in July, with first deliveries expected in September.