BMW says Geneva Motor Show will feature new i8 Protonic Red Edition image

We’re eagerly awaiting the Geneva Motor Show even as the Chicago Auto Show is unfolding and the novelties keep coming – BMW has said it will introduce the new i8 Protonic Red Edition.

There aren’t too many details about the model yet but the German automaker confirmed the model takes its name from the bespoke Protonic Red exterior hue matched with contrasting Frozen Grey metallic touches. The i8 Protonic Red Edition will also be packing 20-inch W-spoke light-alloy wheels that have Aluminum matte and Orbit Grey metallic as intertwining paints. The bespoke design is matched inside the cockpit where future owners will be greeted by red contrast stitching, carbon fiber trim, as well as “i8” lettered headrests. Serving as a reminder there will also be “Protonic Red Edition” door sill plates but also a wide range of other amenities: carbon-fiber door handles, grey seat belts, black ceramic detailing on the gear selector and special floor mats with leather piping and red contrast stitching.

The powertrain hasn’t been touched so the limited series will match the regular i8 in using a plug-in hybrid powertrain: 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine, electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. The total combined output is of 362 PS / 357 horsepower and that’s enough to reach 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and the classic electronically-limited maximum speed of 155 mph. The i8 Protonic Red Edition will hit the production line in July and will be available for a limited period.