In celebration of the U.S. arrival of the BMW i8, BMW created a one-of-a-kind 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition.
This special one-off i8 will be auctioned during the weekend of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, ahead of the official BMW i8 fall sale date.
BMW said the car will be distinguished by a unique paint scheme and interior treatment as well as other features that will make it unlike any other BMW i8.
The BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be sold by Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, during the annual Pebble Beach Auctions at Pebble Beach on Saturday, August 16.
BMW said proceeds of the sale will go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The German company said this 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will feature BMW Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior paint. The unique interior will boast Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery, which is tanned using dye derived from plant extracts. The upholstery is accented with stitching in BMW i Blue. The Pure Impulse Tera World interior includes other trim accents in BMW i Blue, including the seat belts, as well as having “BMW i8” embossed into the front headrests.
BMW explained a number of US firsts will be included with this special edition including laser headlights, pending government approval, a BMW i8 Display key as well as the first BMW Charging Station, professional edition.
Also, the words “Concours d’Elegance Edition” i8 will be laser etched in the interior, further marking this as truly one-of-a-kind.
The BMW i8’s plug-in hybrid all-wheel drive powertrain combines an electric motor to drive the front wheels and a 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder gasoline engine driving the rear wheels, said BMW. The i8 is capable of driving on pure electric power at speeds up to 75 mph for approximately 20 miles, producing zero tailpipe emissions. When the gasoline engine joins forces with the electric motor, together they are capacity of propelling the i8 in 4.2 seconds to the 60 mph mark and to a top speed of 155 miles per hour.