When BMW launched the i8 in 2014, customers had the option to choose between four exterior colors: Ionic Silver, Protonic Blue, Crystal White and Sophisto Grey. A year later, the color palette remains the same and has opened the door for aftermarket customizations starting with the most simple and inexpensive one: a vinyl wrap.
Coming from Netherlands is a BMW i8 with a two tone-color scheme – orange and black – similar to the one we saw last month. Compared to the previous orange i8, this one moves away from the matte color and sports bright orange and black metallic colors.
The standard wheels have also been replaced by a set of custom lightweight wheels manufactured by Manhart Racing.
The flashy paint job is likely to draw even more attention to the beautiful design of BMW’s first hybrid sportscar, still a rare sight on the road.
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).
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