With the auto industry motoring full steam toward full electrification, BMW takes the opportunity to announce special editions of its i3 and i8 models.
The rear-wheel drive purely electric i3s hatchback gets a Roadstyle edition (limited to 900 units globally), while the plug-in hybrid i8 gets the Ultimate Sophisto Edition (limited to 200 units, coupe or roadster, globally) to mark the end of its production.
The i3s Edition RoadStyle comes in Fluid Black exterior paint with E-Copper finishing accents to the kidney grille, air deflectors and side skirts. It rides on 20-inch double-spoke light alloy BMW i wheels finished in Jet Black. Power is supplied by the 133-kW eDrive motor (making 199 lb-ft of torque) fed by a 42-kWh battery to get 246 km in range.
The interior is done up in Dalbergia Brown natural leather with headrests embroidered with “Edition RoadStyle” script, and Dark Oak matt fine wood trim. Over 80% of the interior’s visible surfaces are made from recyclable plastics, renewable raw materials and/or natural fibres.
The all-wheel drive BMW i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition puts an exclamation point on i8 production that started in 2014 with the coupe (joined by the roadster in 2018). Its Sophisto Grey metallic exterior gets the E-Copper accents on 20-inch radial spoke light alloy wheels, grille inserts and side skirts. Black accents are applied to the tailgate inlay and brake calipers, while the C-pillar is trimmed in Shadowline.
The E-Copper detailing carries through to the interior, including E-Copper leather upholstery, and is further enhanced with ceramic controls, “Ultimate Sophisto Edition” door sills and an interior serial badge proclaiming each car’s place in the run of 200. The coupe gets an Anthracite headliner.
Both cars combine a 228-hp turbocharged inline-3, paired with a 98-kW motor on the coupe (105 on the roadster) to get the equivalent of 3.41 litres per 100 km, and do the zero to 100 km/h in about 4.5 seconds.
Production of both limited editions is set to begin in late 2019, for early 2020 deliveries, with pricing and equipment levels finalized closer to on-sale date.