BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition fetches a staggering $825,000 at auction

Article by Andrew Christian, on August 17, 2014

As we told you, BMW sold the one-of-a-kind i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition during the Goodwing & Company’s Annual Pebble Beach Auctions. It appears that the vehicle made quite a buzz among the people present there as it was sold for a staggering $825,000. This is a record price for a BMW i8 as the vehicle fetched approximately six times the MSRP of $135,700.

Still, the i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition is no ordinary vehicle as it comes with a BMW Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior paint and with a special interior wrapped in Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery, which was tanned using dye derived from plant extracts.

In addition, the interior features BMW i Blue stitching, trim accents in BMW I Blue, including the seat belts, as well as the “BMW i8” embossed into the front headrests. There is also a special plaque on the rear parcel shelf that features the signatures of senior BMW executives who had key roles in the development of the vehicle: Ian Robertson (BMW Group Board Member – BMW Sales and Marketing), Herbert Diess (BMW Group Board Member - Development), Adrian von Hooydonk (Head of Design – BMW Group), Ulrich Kranz (Head of BMW i) and Carsten Breitfeld (Project Manager – BMW i8).

Just like any other i8, the Concours d’Elegance Edition uses the 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that generates 231 hp (170 kW) and 320 Nm of torque as well as an electric motor that develops 131 hp (96 kW) and 250 Nm of torque.

The petrol engine sends the power to the rear wheels, while the electric motor powers the front wheels. The hybrid system delivers a total output of 362 hp (266 kW) and 570 Nm of torque.

This translates into a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds), while top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h. The BMW i8 offers an all-electric range of 20 miles (32 km) and a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) when using just the electric motor.

Press Release

One-of-a-Kind 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition Sold For World Auction Record Price of $825,000 During Gooding & Company’s Annual Pebble Beach Auctions

On Saturday evening, August 16, in celebration of the U.S. arrival of the revolutionary BMW i8, Jay Leno and Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, presented a one-of-a-kind 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition, which was then auctioned off for $825,000, including buyer’s premier, during Gooding & Company’s annual Pebble Beach Auctions. This is a world auction record price for a BMW i8.

Sold ahead of the official BMW i8 fall sale date for approximately six times the MSRP of $135,700, the 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition is unlike any other BMW i8 in the world. Proceeds of the sale made by Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, will go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, which raises funds for Monterey County youth and distributes grants spanning the arts, athletics, environmental sciences, educational organizations and community programs.

The 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition features BMW Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior paint and a Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery, which is tanned using dye derived from plant extracts and accented with stitching in BMW i Blue. Other trim accents in BMW i Blue, include the seat belts. Further marking this as truly one-of-a-kind, the words “Concours d’Elegance Edition” i8 are laser etched in the interior and “BMW i8” is embossed into the front headrests.

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