The latest BMW i8 hybrid which rolled off the production line in Leipzig celebrates a significant milestone. Since its launch in in 2014, there were 20,000 BMW i8 units manufactured and delivered to markets around the globe. This makes the BMW i8 one of the most successful plug-in hybrids in the world. The anniversary vehicle is a BMW i8 Roadster Ultimate Sophisto Edition of which only 400 units are built – 200 Coupés and 200 Roadsters. The BMW i8 number 20,000 is intended for a customer in Germany.

According to BMW, both the i8 Coupe and Convertible feature Sophisto Grey metallic paint with E-Copper accents applied to the 20-inch radial-spoke BMW i light alloy wheels, kidney grille inserts and side skirt accent. The tailgate inlay is finished in High-gloss Black while C-pillar trim elements in Shadowline. The brake calipers are also painted High-gloss Black and feature blue detailing and BMW i badging.

Furthermore, the door sill plates display the words “Ultimate Sophisto Edition” and an interior badge adds the car’s status as being “1 of 200”. E-Copper detailing carries into the i8’s interior. But despite its futuristic appearance and great success, the BMW i8 will reach the end of its lifecycle next year. A successor is in works already and we’ve already seen what it might look like from the BMW Vision M Next preview.

Hans-Peter Kemser (Head of BMW Plant Leipzig): “The BMW i8 is a very special automobile that stands for driving pleasure in Leipzig in a unique way. We at the factory are all very proud to produce this flagship of the BMW brand. Presenting this combination of highly innovative materials and forward-looking drive concepts in a stable and efficient production process is still unique in the automotive industry worldwide. Only the employees of the BMW Group Leipzig plant have this competence and experience. ”

The i8 Coupe and Roadster BMW Ultimate Sophisto Edition feature as standard equipment:

  • Sophisto Grey exterior paint with E-Copper accents
  • E-Copper Leather upholstery
  • Exclusive 20-inch Style 516 wheels finished in E-Copper
  • Ultimate Sophisto Edition 1 of 200 interior badge
  • Ultimate Sophisto Edition door sills
  • Black painted brake calipers
  • Head-Up Display
  • Navigation with Apple CarPlay Compatibility
  • Harman-Kardon Audio System
  • Ceramic controls
  • Anthracite headliner (i8 Coupe)

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