BMW auctions unique i8 in Pebble Beach
i8 Concours d'Elegance features unique paint, interior
Published: July 27, 2014, 5:00 PM
BMW will bring a unique 2014 BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition of its imminent sports car to the Aug. 16 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The special edition will feature a distinct Frozen Grey Metallic paint scheme and interior treatment including i Blue top-stitching and Dalbergia Brown leather, which gets its dye colour from plant extracts. Laser headlights (pending regulatory approval), a Display key and a BMW charging station, professional edition, are all company firsts. The special i8 will also feature a laser-etched "Concours d'Elegance Edition" inside.
Proceeds of the special edition will go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The i8's plug-in hybrid powertrain and AWD have make it a rarity in the sports car realm. It uses a 1.5-litre three-cylinder gas engine to drive the rear wheels, and can go up to 20 miles (32 km) at up to 75 mph (120 km/h) on electric power alone. Together, they give the i8 a zero-to-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (240 km/h). The 2015 i8 is due in showrooms this fall.