The Protonic Red edition will only be offered for a few months.BMW has introduced its limited-edition variant of the plug-in hybrid i8 coupe at the Geneva Auto Show.The Protonic Red edition is painted in a vibrant shade of red that was designed specifically for it. It features frozen gray accents on the rocker panels and on the rear fascia, and W-spoke alloy wheels that are offered as an option on the regular i8. The cabin gains red inserts in the seats, as well as red stitching on the seats and on the door panels.
Power for the Protonic Red edition comes from a stock, i8-sourced plug-in hybrid drivetrain made up of a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and an electric motor mounted over the front axle. Rated at 362 horsepower, the drivetrain sends the i8 from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph. Alternatively, the coupe can drive on electricity alone for up to 22 miles.
The BMW i8 Protonic Red edition will go on sale shortly after its debut in Geneva, though whether or not it will be offered in the United States is anyone's guess at this point. Production will begin in July, and the coupe will be available to order until December. For buyers who miss out on it, BMW promises that other limited-edition variants of the i8 will be launched in the coming months.
Live photos by Ronan Glon.