The first 18 BMW i8 Roadster models ever built were delivered yesterday to the BMW i8 Club in a special ceremony held inside the famous Welt Museum. All the cars feature a special plaque inside, mentioning their special character, and members of the BMW i8 Club were greeted at the event by none other than Peter van Binsbergen, head of Sales and Marketing BMW Germany who also handed them the keys.
Their first outing was to drive in convoy to Lake Como in Italy for the Concorso d’Eleganza, where they will be displayed on the grounds of the Villa Erba this weekend. The exclusive BMW i8 Roadster First Edition, which was only available to order for a very brief period, is limited to 200 models worldwide. An exclusive interior plaque on the driver’s side of the center console identifies the First Edition as a genuine collector’s item, inscribed with the words “First Edition” and the limited edition numbering “1 of 200”.
The 18 cars received by the BMW i8 Club are among the first of these 200 models and, as a special surprise for the members, are inscribed with “1 of 18”. Special interior options, such as ceramic applications for operating controls, dry-carbon interior trim, Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and the BMW i8 logo projected in the footwell and when doors are open, are also included in this exclusive edition.
“We have been eagerly awaiting this moment for months – in fact, ever since we saw the first pictures of this gorgeous vehicle. The chance to enjoy the amazing driving experience of the Coupé in a Roadster is a dream come true for all of us,” explained Claus-Dieter Bachmann, president of the BMW i8 Club. “My fellow club members and I have been especially touched by the warm and enthusiastic welcome we have received here at BMW Welt. It has been an emotional moment we will never forget.”