For the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, BMW prepared a one-off i8 that will be auctioned during that weekend. Called BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition, the new vehicle will be easily distinguished thanks to the unique BMW Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior paint but also thanks to the Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery seen at the interior.
In addition, the upholstery is accented with BMW I Blue stitching. The Pure Impulse Tera World interior comes with other BMW i Blue trim accents such as the seat belts and ‘BMW i8’ embossed onto the front headrests.
Also new will be the laser headlights, pending government approval, the BMW i8 Display key as well as the first BMW Charging Stations. The “Concours d’Elegance Edition” lettering will be laser etched in the interior.
Under the hood, we will find the same 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder petrol engine delivering 231 hp (170 kW) and 320 Nm of torque, which sends the power to the rear wheels.
There is an electric motor generating 131 hp (96 kW) and 250 Nm of torque that sends all its power to the front wheels. The total output generated by the hybrid system is 362 hp (266 kW) and 570 Nm of torque, which means a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds).
Top speed is 250 km/h or 155 mph. Using just the energy stored in the lithium-ion battery, the BMW i8 is capable of driving at speeds of up to 75 mph (120 km/h) for approximately 20 miles (32 km).
BMW says that the lithium-ion battery pack can be charged from any 240-volt level 2 charging station as well as a conventional 110-volt outlet.