BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition reveals its Frozen Grey Metallic exterior paint

Article by Christian A., on July 26, 2014

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.

Both the design and the overall concept of the body of the BMW i8 are groundbreaking. The proportions, lines and surface design of the new BMW i8 help convey the hallmark BMW dynamics, efficiency and lightweight design. Furthermore, it is fairly easy to recognize the new i8 as a member of the BMW i family as well as a sports car of the next generation.

This unmistakable look of the new BMW i8 is made possible by the structure of overlapping and interlocking surfaces, as further underscored by its color scheme. Thanks to this layering principle, BMW was able to wrap the aerodynamic forms of the i8 in a progressively styled package. Furthermore, the wide track of the new i8 is highlighted by the dynamically formed wheel arches.

The compact construction of the new i8 helps distinguish the electric motor and the combustion engine. This compact construction also helps the front and rear sections of the car to sport a low-slung design while accentuating its powerfully stretched flanks. The sports car design of the new i8 is made more captivating with the presence of doors that open forwards and upwards like wings.

As in other BMW i cars, the new BMW i8 comes with the signature black belt that appears in a "V" shape from the bonnet and then flows through the roof into the rear end. At the rear, this black belt frames the center section of the rear apron and is overlapped by the "floating" roof pillars extending over the rear lights.

At the front end, this signature element is framed by the body-colored apron and side panels. Likewise, as in other BMW i cars, the side windows of the i8 feature a "stream flow" contour, which determines the path taken by the air between the roofline and the character line.

Press Release

One-of-a-Kind BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition to be Auctioned During Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Weekend

In celebration of the US arrival of the BMW i8, the world’s most innovative sports car, a one-of-a-kind 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be auctioned during the weekend of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, ahead of the official fall sale date. The i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be distinguished by a unique paint scheme and interior treatment as well as other features that will make it unlike any other BMW i8 in the world. The BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be sold by Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, during the annual Pebble Beach Auctions at Pebble Beach on Saturday, August 16.

Proceeds of the sale will go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will feature BMW Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior paint. The unique interior will boast Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery, which is tanned using dye derived from plant extracts. The upholstery is accented with stitching in BMW i Blue. The Pure Impulse Tera World interior includes other trim accents in BMW i Blue, including the seat belts, as well as having “BMW i8” embossed into the front headrests. A number of US firsts will be included with this special edition including laser headlights, pending government approval, a BMW i8 Display key as well as the first BMW Charging Station, professional edition.

Other touches will further mark this BMW i8 as truly one-of-a-kind. The words “Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Edition” will be laser etched into the door sills and a plaque on the rear parcel shelf contains the signatures of senior BMW executives who played key roles in the development of the i8, including:

  • 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
  • Benoit Jacob – Head of Design – BMW i
  • Ulrich Kranz– Head of BMW i
  • Carsten Breitfeld – Project Manager – BMW i8

The car will be sold at the Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company on Saturday, August 16 at the Pebble Beach Special Events area. It is schedule to cross the auction block at approximately 8:45pm PDT. For information about bidding or to watch a live stream of the auction, please visit www.goodingco.com.

The BMW i8 is arguably the most innovative sports car on the road today. The plug-in hybrid all-wheel drive powertrain combines an electric motor to drive the front wheels and a powerful and efficient 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder gasoline engine driving the rear wheels. The BMW i8 is capable of driving on pure electric power at speeds up to 75 mph for approximately 20 miles, producing zero tailpipe emissions. When the gasoline engine joins forces with the electric motor, together they are capacity of propelling the i8 for 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds and to a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Thanks in part to its passenger cell constructed out of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic, The BMW i8 will deliver fuel efficiency normally associated with the stingiest subcompact. The lithium-ion battery pack that powers the electric motor can be charged from any 240-volt level 2 charging station as well as a conventional 110-volt outlet.

The BMW i8 is the world’s first series-produced vehicle to be made available with innovative laser headlights as an option. These generate a pure-white, extremely bright light that is pleasant to the eye by carefully converting the beams emitted by tiny laser diodes using a fluorescent phosphorous material inside the headlight. The laser diodes are ten times smaller than conventional light-emitting diodes, helping to save space in the headlight unit and also to reduce weight. The BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be the first car in the US to have this technology, pending government approval. If necessary these headlights will be retrofit subsequent to delivery. It will also be the first BMW in the US to offer an innovative display key which features an integrated LCD touch screen.
The 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will not only offer the winning bidder the chance to own one of the first BMW i8s in the US, but also to own a truly one-of-a-kind example of the world’s most innovative sports car.

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