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Hot for a cool car? How about a Frozen BMW?

  • BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition fpr SA
  • Special paint jobs, ‘bespoke’ cabin finishes
  • …and BMW i8 owners tell their stories on video

MIDRAND, Gauteng – BMW SA is to import a dozen i8 electric supercars branded as the i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition.

The, er, very cool car was first shown at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show and follows a Protonic Red Edition produced the previous year.

So, what’s special? Chill, we’ll tell you…

The Protonic Frozen Black Edition (no, the images above are of the Yellow edition, patience…) has a special black paint job with Frozen Grey metallic highlights and 20 W-Spoke light alloy wheel rims “to accentuate the avant-garde exterior design and styling”.

The interior package unique to the i8 Frozen Edition”s includes dark NESO seats with yellow and anthracite stitching and head-restraints embossed ‘BMW i8’. The crash restraints are grey, the mats have black leather piping and yellow highlights, the sills are aluminum plate with Edition lettering, and the gear-shifter and central control unit are clad in black ceramic.

And if you’re too slow to be cool, BMW SA will import a further three (hey, that makes them even more exclusive!) i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition units – they are the images we preferred because the Frozen Black units are, well, dark.

All BMW i8 limited edition models will have what BMW describes as “the internationally awarded BMW i8 three-cylinder combustion engine” capable 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.

Just like modern Formula 1 cars.

This hybrid system has a range of up to 37km and a top speed of 120km/h on batteries alone, coupled with a “glued-to-the-road” all-wheel-drive experience headlined by powerful acceleration and a dynamically-biased distribution of power through, well, cool corners.

READ MORE BMW features on Carman’s Corner

Thanks to the i8 and other BMW iPerformance models, BMW claims to be the world’s most successful maker of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models in the premium segment.

(Oh, what the heck, here’s an image of the i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition with the W wheels spokes…)

The BMW Group is aiming for global sales of 100 000 eDrive  vehicles through 2017: so far they have delivered about 50 000 worldwide. BMW SA has sold 228 BMW i8 units since their local arrival in March 2015 while I still edited Wheels24 – “the most successful PHEV model in its segment”.

To mark BMW i’s two-year anniversary in South Africa BMW SA spoke to i8 customers about their experiences with the the car. Watch the video here.

BMW i intends to welcome a third member of the BMW i family. In 2018 – the BMW i8 Roadster convertible.

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