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BMW's limited i8 Black Edition now available in SA

2017-09-05 09:05

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Midrand - BMW South Africa has announced a limited edition version of its i8 - it's called the Protonic Frozen Black Edition (we'll just call it the Black Edition). Only 12 units are available locally! 

Since March 2015, 228 units of the BMW i8 have been sold making it the most successful PHEV in its segment. 

First unveiled at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show 2017, the exclusive limited run special edition is the second of its kind for the i8, following the introduction of the Protonic Red Edition in 2016.

The Black Edition features a BMW Individual Protonic Frozen Black exterior paint (of course) finish with Frozen Grey metallic highlights and 20" W-Spoke style BMW 'i' light alloy wheels. 

Inside, expect dark seats with woven yellow and anthracite stitching contrasted with grey safety belts, floor mats with black leather piping and yellow highlights. The limited edition gains  special aluminum door sills with Edition lettering. The gear-shift lever trim and central control unit are finished black ceramic.

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In December, three units of the new BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition will be introduced in South Africa.

170kW

All BMW i8 limited edition models features the 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 170kW that propels the rear wheels and a 96kW electric motor which draws its energy from a lithium-ion battery that can be charged from a conventional domestic power socket and send its power to the front axle.

This bespoke plug-in hybrid system, developed and produced by the BMW Group, enables a range of up to a claimed 37km and a top speed of 120km/h on electric power alone. 

i8 Roadster on the way 

In 2018 the BMW i8 Roadster will unlock the door to a whole new dimension in pioneering open-top driving pleasure – virtually silent and with zero local emissions. 

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