When BMW launched the i8 last year, customers had the option to choose between four exterior colors: Ionic Silver, Protonic Blue, Crystal White and Sophisto Grey. The limited color palette has opened the door for aftermarket customizations starting with the most simple and inexpensive one: a vinyl wrap.
This BMW i8 was spotted in Bruges, Belgium, wearing a matte orange vinyl wrap matched with matte black accents. The i8 was already a head-turner and adding the orange paint job has simply increased its sex-appeal.
The technology underpinning the i8 is just as impressive. BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).
As with the i3, the core of the car is the LifeDrive architecture with carbon passenger cell which gives the i8 a particularly low weight.
BMW i8 weighs 1490 kg curb weight and sits at 46 centimeters above the asphalt – lower than any other production cars of the BMW Group. Just like other sport cars from Munich, the weight is distributed equally between the front and rear axle.
In the U.S., the base price for the 2015 BMW i8 is $136,500 without the $950 Destination & Handling fee.