The automaker’s Japanese unit continues to pride itself in celebrating more than others – after the special M6 and the bespoke 7 Series the Land of the Rising Sun also gets the i8 Celebration Edition.
The centenary celebrations are continuing with the Japan-exclusive release of the 20-unit production roster of i8 Celebration Edition models. The model has a custom paint scheme and some custom styling touches. It may also look familiar because it uses the same Protonic Red body color and Frozen Gray Metallic accents as seen on the special edition model introduced in Geneva earlier this year. The design touches are nicely rounded up by the use of 20-inch W-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in Aluminum matte and Orbit Grey metallic.
The cabin boasts the same sporty red contrasting stitching on the seats, carbon fiber trim and door handles, grey seatbelts, ceramic detailing on the gear selector, and special floor mats with leather piping and red stitching. The powertrain hasn’t been touched though, with the plug in hybrid setup still consisting off a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. The combined output sits at a respectable 357 horsepower (263 kilowatts), good for a 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint time of 4.2 seconds. With a limited maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h), the i8 Celebration Edition will be manufactured in 20 examples at a steep price of ¥22,000,000 ($197,945).