BMW i and MR PORTER team up to produce limited edition Tuxedo Blue i3

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 19, 2016

BMW i sealed a partnership deal with MR PORTER.COM, the award-winning online hub for men's style, to create a unique, limited edition BMW i3. The integrated team of experts seeks to produce a sophisticated, luxury vehicle inspired by timelessness, uniqueness, and modernity.

The BMW i3, reminiscent of the classic and stylish tuxedo, comes with a superb exterior in tuxedo blue. The distinctive features on each of the numbered special editions have been handcrafted to come up with a unique finish.

The individual coating and the white accent running the chassis' length, which can all be associated with the pinstripe suit, are handcrafted by experts. BMW i Brand Management Head Stefan Ponikva claimed that the new limited edition BMW i3 demonstrates the effortless yet powerful combination of sustainability and style.

Ponikva said that the brand is highly dedicated to innovation and elegant design concepts. That’s what led to this idea of collaborating with MR PORTER. MR PORTER Managing Director Toby Bateman expressed that the company, just like BMW i, is committed to offering the best style in almost all categories.

With the team-up, MR PORTER believes that they can deliver the best class and superb quality in the automotive sector. Bateman noted, "We relish the opportunity to be (the) first to market for projects such as this."

The BMW i3, running on electric power, is an emission-free car that features the same award-winning driving experience matched with agility and a sporty look. The MR-PORTER-inspired vehicle can generate up to 170 hp and a maximum torque of 250 Nm instantly, allowing it to accelerate to 37 mph in just 3.7 seconds and to 62 mph in just 7.2 seconds.

Its lithium-ion battery offers a mile range of 80 to 100 for everyday driving. This range can increase by nearly 15 percent in both ECO PRO mode and ECO PRO+ mode.

Moreover, the BMW i3 is incorporated with an MR PORTER Essentials Travel Kit which comprises a BMW i leather hold-all and five exclusive MR PORTER items: a special edition Leica camera, a black and white London undercover umbrella, a Lock & Co. bowler hat, Cutler & Gross sunglasses, and a Phaidon City Guidebook bespoke edition.

In commemoration of the fifth anniversary of MR PORTER, a limited number of BMW i3 models will be available in the United Kingdom (UK) at £43,500 OTR. Orders will be accepted online beginning Thursday.

Press Release

BMW i LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION i3 INSPIRED BY MR PORTER

BMW i has partnered with MR PORTER.COM, the award-winning online destination for men’s style, to design and produce a one-of-a-kind, limited edition BMW i3.

Inspired by timeless style and enriched with contemporary features, the design teams from both BMW i and MR PORTER have combined their expertise to create a sleek and sophisticated car with a very unique aesthetic.

Reminiscent of the classic tuxedo, one of the most stylish garments in menswear, the limited edition BMW i3 comes with an elegant exterior in tuxedo blue specially developed for this version. Distinctive features on each of the numbered editions have been handcrafted to ensure a completely unique finish, much like in made-to-measure tailoring: the individual painting, and the white accent running the length of the chassis – which can be associated with the pinstripe suit – are hand painted by master craftsmen.

Stefan Ponikva, Head of BMW i Brand Management said: “The BMW i3 represents the effortless merging of sustainability and cutting-edge style. Our dedication to technological innovation, superior quality and first class design concepts that go beyond the ordinary, meant this collaboration with MR PORTER captured our imagination instantly.”

“At MR PORTER we give our customers the global best in men’s style across many categories, so this collaboration with BMW, the best in class in the automotive industry, felt like a bold but natural step. We relish the opportunity to be first to market for projects such as this,” said Mr Toby Bateman, Managing Director, MR PORTER.

Running on electric power and therefore emission-free, the MR PORTER-inspired BMW i3 offers the same award-winning driving experience – sporting driving characteristics and excellent agility, while being near-silent in motion.

The BMW i3 generates an output of 170hp, with peak torque of 250Nm on demand instantly. This allows the BMW i3 to sprint from zero to 37mph in a mere 3.7 seconds and zero to 62mph in just 7.2 seconds, while the lithium-ion battery gives a range of 80 –100 miles in everyday driving. This rises by approximately 15 per cent in ECO PRO mode and by the same again in ECO PRO+ mode.

The car comes complete with a MR PORTER Essentials Travel Kit that consists of a BMW i leather holdall and four items exclusive to MR PORTER: a black and white London undercover umbrella, a special edition Leica camera, Cutler & Gross sunglasses, Lock & Co bowler hat and a bespoke edition of Phaidon City Guide Book.

To celebrate MR PORTER’s fifth anniversary a limited number of BMW i3 cars will be available to purchase in the UK. It will be priced at £43,500 OTR and orders can be placed from 18th February 2016 from the website below.

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