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.