During the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, BMW i8 Concours Edition was sold for $825.000, around £ 493.000.
The Concours Edition Car,that was the first of its kind sold in USA went for an exceptional price on the charity auction, because its value was originally estimated as $200.000 (£119.550). The profit that was gained at the auction went to the charity companies the Pebble Beach organisers support.
This fall in USA will be officially launched the standard i8 that will be sold for $135.700(£81.000).
The exterior of the BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance edition features “Frozen Grey” metallic paintwork. It was revealed during the week of events around Pebble Beach. The interior of the Concours Edition is trimmed in brown leather with contrasting blue stitching and seat belts.
The words ‘Concours d’Elegance’ are laser-etched inside with ‘BMW i8’ embossed on the front seats. In the rear of the car there is a plaque that carries the signatures of the BMW chiefs who made the idea of the hybrid sport car a reality.
In the UK, the i8 is available already with the government’s £5000 EV grant, making its retail price £94.845. The i8 produces a total of 357bhp and 420lb ft of torque. Powered by a 129bhp electric motor in conjunction with a 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine.
Capable of sprinting from a standstill to 62mph in 4.4 seconds, the i8 has a top speed of 155mph. Official fuel economy is rated at 134.5mpg and CO2 emissions at 49g/km.