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The BMW i8 Finally Gets A Racy Color

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Finally, here’s an i8 from BMW wearing a warm color. It will have to be faster than the silver ones, no question about it. It’s called Protonic Red, and that can’t be slow.

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Don’t get me wrong, I like the i8 in Crystal White with blue accents a lot. But there’s a very good reason why many people find BMW i’s gadget-inspired color palette of silver, blue, white, grey and black a bit too conservative for a car that’s harder to get into than a Lamborghini Countach.

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No wonder why you see wrapped i8s everywhere these days, with yellow being to the most popular aftermarket option. Funny enough, even BMW has a yellow i8 in one of their official press shots. But this was never an option at BMW dealers.

LHD BMW i8s from Munich. Photo credit: BMW UK
LHD BMW i8s from Munich. Photo credit: BMW UK

The Protonic Red is the first in a series of limited edition i8s BMW is cooking up at the moment, going on sale in September, priced at £112,535 in the UK, some £8,000 over the base model.

It comes with Frozen Grey metallic accents, W-spoke 470 light-alloy wheels painted in Orbit Grey metallic with hubs painted in Aluminum. You also get special seats and a plaque, but no performance upgrades this time.

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Does that work for you, or would you rather go with the 50 shades of aftermarket yellow for the same sort of money, if not less?

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GarrettDavis
Garrett Davis

Easily my least favorite color combo so far. I saw one at a light the other day in all black.

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