Matte Orange BMW i8 – An instant head-turner

BMW i | June 29th, 2015 by 3
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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).

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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.

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In the U.S., the base price for the 2015 BMW i8 is $136,500 without the $950 Destination & Handling fee.

[Source: Autogespot]