Frozen in Black and Yel­low

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Motoring -

Good news for BMW i8 fans. The ex­clu­sive BMW i8 Pro­tonic Frozen Black Edi­tion is now avail­able in South Africa, and the Frozen Yel­low Edi­tion will be in­tro­duced in De­cem­ber. Just 12 units of the for­mer and three units of the later will be re­leased in South Africa. Th­ese ex­clu­sive lim­ited run spe­cial edi­tions fol­low the in­tro­duc­tion of the Pro­tonic Red Edi­tion in 2016.

The new BMW i8 Frozen Edi­tion mod­els fea­ture a BMW in­di­vid­ual ex­te­rior paint fin­ish in Frozen Black or Frozen Yel­low with Frozen Grey metal­lic high­lights and 20 inch W-spoke al­loy wheels.

The ex­clu­sive in­te­rior pack­age unique to the BMW i8 Frozen Edi­tion range in­cludes dark NESO seats with wo­ven yel­low and an­thracite stitch­ing as well as the head­rest em­bossed BMW i8 logo, con­trasted with grey safety belts and floor mats with black leather pip­ing and yel­low high­lights, and a black ceramic fin­ish on the gear shift lever and cen­tral con­trol unit. An alu­minium plate with Edi­tion let­ter­ing on the door sill adds the fi­nal touch. All the spe­cial edi­tion BMW i8 mod­els are pow­ered by a three-cylin­der com­bus­tion en­gine, which pro­pels the rear axle with power out­put of 170 kw and 320 Nm torque. A 96 kw elec­tric mo­tor on the front axle de­liv­ers 250 Nm torque, and can be charged from a con­ven­tional do­mes­tic power socket. In com­bi­na­tion th­ese two power units de­liver 266 kw power and 570 Nm torque, which pro­pels this work of art from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 sec­onds and a top speed of 250 km/h. The i8 can also be driven in elec­tric mode only with a range of up to 37 kilo­me­tres and a top speed of 120 km/h, and thanks to what BMW calls aug­mented sound, the i8 still sounds ev­ery bit like a fire breath­ing su­per­car.

Han­dling, as can be ex­pected from BMW, is su­per smooth, pre­dictable and highly en­joy­able as the i8 de­liv­ers a glued-tothe-road all-wheel driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Price: R2,160,300

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