In the case of the BMW i8, it will be the last edition to mark the end of production.

BMW announced two new limited editions of the BMW i3s and BMW i8 models, with mostly interior and exterior modifications, which will enter production in late 2019.

The BMW i3s Edition RoadStyle will be limited to 900 units globally, while the i8 Ultimate Sophisto only gets 200 units (together Coupe and Roadster).

BMW admitted that for the i8, the Ultimate Sophisto edition "will mark the end of production for the most successful plug-in hybrid sports car in the world". It ends all speculation about the eventual successor of the i8 PHEV. There will be none.

Total sales of i8 (since 2014) stand probably above 17,000, but it's doubtful whether it will reach 20,000.

"Today, BMW introduces two exclusive editions to its BMW i lineup of electric and PHEV vehicles. The i3s Edition RoadStyle takes the quickest and sportiest i3, the purely electric s model, and adds aggressive Fluid Black paint with exclusive details not available before. Just under 1000 units of the special edition i3s will be available worldwide. The i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition will be available in Coupe and Roadster models, both featuring a very elegant combination of E-Copper trim with special details and interior touches. The i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition will be available in a very limited 200 units globally, first-come, first-serve and will mark the end of production for the most successful plug-in hybrid sports car in the world."

BMW i3s RoadStyle, i8 Ultimate Sophisto

BMW i3s Edition RoadStyle

The i3s Edition RoadStyle features Fluid Black exterior paint with E-Copper finishing touches to the kidney grille inlays, front bumper air deflectors and side skirt accents. The 20-inch double-spoke light alloy BMW i wheels are finished in Jet Black. The cabin features a Dalbergia Brown natural leather interior with a Dark Oak matt fine wood trim and exclusive headrests embroidered with “Edition RoadStyle”.

The all-electric i3s is powered by an eDrive motor producing 181 hp @ 4,100 rpm and 199 lb-ft of torque from 0 rpm. A 120 Ah / 42.2 kWh battery allows for a range of up to 153 miles and a 0 to 60 mph sprint of 6.8 seconds.

The Carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell not only allows for a roomy and spacious interior but is also lightweight with a total curb weight of 3,040 lbs. The BMW i3s applies the concept of sustainability throughout using recycled plastics, renewable raw materials and natural fibers. Over 80 percent of the surfaces visible to the passengers are made from recycled materials or renewable resources.

Standard Equipment

The i3s Edition RoadStyle features as standard equipment:

  • Fluid Black paint with E-Copper accents
  • Dalbergia Brown Natural Leather
  • 20-inch Style 431 Jet Black wheels
  • Dark Oak fine wood trim
  • Headrests embroidered with special edition name
BMW i3s RoadStyle
BMW i3s RoadStyle

BMW i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition

"The BMW i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition is the final chapter in the story of a very special car which, since its launch in 2014, has become the world’s most successful plug-in-hybrid sports car.

Both the i8 Coupe and Convertible feature Sophisto Grey metallic paint with E-Copper accents applied to the 20-inch radial-spoke BMW i light alloy wheels, kidney grille inserts and side skirt accent. The tailgate inlay is finished in High-gloss Black while C-pillar trim elements in Shadowline. The brake calipers are also painted High-gloss Black and feature blue detailing and BMW i badging.

The door sill plates display the words “Ultimate Sophisto Edition” and an interior badge adds the car’s status as being “1 of 200”. E-Copper detailing carries into the i8’s interior.

The i8 Coupe and Convertible Ultimate Sophisto Edition combine 369 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque with all-wheel drive, a CFRP passenger cell and an aluminum chassis to deliver an emotion-stirring, visceral driving experience. The i8 Coupe will sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.2 seconds with the Roadster right behind in 4.4 seconds, all while delivering 69 MPGe."

Standard Equipment

The i8 Coupe and Roadster Ultimate Sophisto Edition feature as standard equipment:

  • Sophisto Grey exterior paint with E-Copper accents
  • E-Copper Leather upholstery
  • Exclusive 20-inch Style 516 wheels finished in E-Copper
  • Ultimate Sophisto Edition 1 of 200 interior badge
  • Ultimate Sophisto Edition door sills
  • Black painted brake calipers
  • Head-Up Display
  • Navigation with Apple CarPlay Compatibility
  • Harman-Kardon Audio System
  • Ceramic controls
  • Anthracite headliner (i8 Coupe)

Gallery: BMW i3s RoadStyle, i8 Ultimate Sophisto

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2020 BMW i3s Edition RoadStyle and i8 Ultimate Sophisto Editions

  • i3s exclusive edition limited to 900 units worldwide.
  • i8 Coupe and Roadster exclusive edition limited to 200 units worldwide.
  • Production to begin in late 2019.
  • Pricing to be announced closer to on-sale date.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 1, 2019…Today, BMW introduces two exclusive editions to its BMW i lineup of electric and PHEV vehicles. The i3s Edition RoadStyle takes the quickest and sportiest i3, the purely electric s model, and adds aggressive Fluid Black paint with exclusive details not available before. Just under 1000 units of the special edition i3s will be available worldwide. The i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition will be available in Coupe and Roadster models, both featuring a very elegant combination of E-Copper trim with special details and interior touches. The i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition will be available in a very limited 200 units globally, first-come, first-serve and will mark the end of production for the most successful plug-in hybrid sports car in the world.

 

i3s Edition RoadStyle

The i3s Edition RoadStyle features Fluid Black exterior paint with E-Copper finishing touches to the kidney grille inlays, front bumper air deflectors and side skirt accents. The 20-inch double-spoke light alloy BMW i wheels are finished in Jet Black. The cabin features a Dalbergia Brown natural leather interior with a Dark Oak matt fine wood trim and exclusive headrests embroidered with “Edition RoadStyle”.

The all-electric i3s is powered by an eDrive motor producing 181 hp @ 4,100 rpm and 199 lb-ft of torque from 0 rpm. A 120 Ah / 42.2 kWh battery allows for a range of up to 153 miles and a 0 to 60 mph sprint of 6.8 seconds.

The Carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell not only allows for a roomy and spacious interior but is also lightweight with a total curb weight of 3,040 lbs. The BMW i3s applies the concept of sustainability throughout using recycled plastics, renewable raw materials and natural fibers. Over 80 percent of the surfaces visible to the passengers are made from recycled materials or renewable resources.

 

i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition

The BMW i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition is the final chapter in the story of a very special car which, since its launch in 2014, has become the world’s most successful plug-in-hybrid sports car.

Both the i8 Coupe and Convertible feature Sophisto Grey metallic paint with E-Copper accents applied to the 20-inch radial-spoke BMW i light alloy wheels, kidney grille inserts and side skirt accent. The tailgate inlay is finished in High-gloss Black while C-pillar trim elements in Shadowline. The brake calipers are also painted High-gloss Black and feature blue detailing and BMW i badging.

The door sill plates display the words “Ultimate Sophisto Edition” and an interior badge adds the car’s status as being “1 of 200”. E-Copper detailing carries into the i8’s interior.

The i8 Coupe and Convertible Ultimate Sophisto Edition combine 369 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque with all-wheel drive, a CFRP passenger cell and an aluminum chassis to deliver an emotion-stirring, visceral driving experience. The i8 Coupe will sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.2 seconds with the Roadster right behind in 4.4 seconds, all while delivering 69 MPGe.

 

Standard Equipment

The i3s Edition RoadStyle features as standard equipment:

  • Fluid Black paint with E-Copper accents
  • Dalbergia Brown Natural Leather
  • 20-inch Style 431 Jet Black wheels
  • Dark Oak fine wood trim
  • Headrests embroidered with special edition name

The i8 Coupe and Roadster Ultimate Sophisto Edition feature as standard equipment:

  • Sophisto Grey exterior paint with E-Copper accents
  • E-Copper Leather upholstery
  • Exclusive 20-inch Style 516 wheels finished in E-Copper
  • Ultimate Sophisto Edition 1 of 200 interior badge
  • Ultimate Sophisto Edition door sills
  • Black painted brake calipers
  • Head-Up Display
  • Navigation with Apple CarPlay Compatibility
  • Harman-Kardon Audio System
  • Ceramic controls
  • Anthracite headliner (i8 Coupe)

Specifications

 

 

i3s

Edition RoadStyle

i8 Coupe

 Ultimate Sophisto

i8 Roadster

 Ultimate Sophisto

Seats

--

4

4

2

Number of Doors

--

4

2

2

Drive type

--

RWD

AWD

AWD

Length

inches

158.1

184.9

184.9

Width

inches

70.5

76.5

76.5

Width including mirrors

inches

80.3

87.3

 87.3

Height

inches

62.6

50.8

50.7

Wheelbase

inches

101.2

110.2

110.2

Turning radius

feet

16.2

 

 

Ground clearance

Inches

5.2

4.6

4.5

 

 

 

 

 

Shoulder width front

inches

53.6

56.7

56.7

Shoulder room rear

inches

49.2

49.6

--

Legroom front

inches

40.5

43.1

43.1

Legroom rear

inches

39.1

28.2

--

Headroom front

inches

39.6

38.7

38.7

Headroom rear

inches

37.2

32.4

--

Trunk volume

ft³

15.1 – 36.9

4.7

2.3

Fuel Tank capacity

gallons

--

11.1

11.1

Curb weight

lbs.

3,040

3,501

3,671

 

 

 

 

 

Gasoline Engine type

 

--

B38K

B38K

Induction

 

--

Turbocharged

Turbocharged

Cylinders

--

--

3

3

Valves per cylinder

--

--

4

4

Bore x Stroke

mm

--

82.0 x 94.6

82.0 x 94.6

Displacement

cm³

--

1499

1499

Compression rate

:1

--

9.5

9.5

Engine power

hp

--

228 @ 5,800-6,000

228 @ 5,800-6,000

Engine torque

Lb-ft.

--

236 @ 3,700

236 @ 3,700

Recommended Fuel

 

--

Premium

Premium

 

 

 

 

 

eDrive Motor

 

AC Synchronous

AC Synchronous

AC Synchronous

eDrive Power

hp

181 @ 4,100 rpm

141 @ 4,300

141 @ 4,300

eDrive Torque

lb-ft.

199 @ 0 rpm

184 @ 0-4,100

184 @ 0-4,100

 

 

 

 

 

Combined Power

hp

--

369

369

Combined Torque

lb-ft.

--

420

420

 

 

 

 

 

High-voltage battery type

 

Lithium-ion

Lithium-ion

Lithium-ion

Battery capacity

 

42 kWh / 120 Ah

11.6 kWh / 33 Ah

11.6 kWh / 33 Ah

 

 

 

 

 

Transmission type

--

Single-speed Automatic

2-spd auto / 6-spd auto

2-spd auto / 6-spd auto

Gear ratios 1st gear

--

9.67

11.30  / 4.46

11.30  / 4.46

2nd

--

--

5.85 / 2.51

5.85 / 2.51

3rd

--

--

1.56

1.56

4th

--

--

1.14

1.14

5th

--

--

0.85

0.85

6th

--

--

0.67

0.67

Reverse gear

--

--

3.19

3.19

Final drive ratio

--

--

3.68

3.68

 

 

 

 

 

Power-steering type

--

EPS

EPS

EPS

Steering ratio

:1

14.0

16.0

16.0

 

 

 

 

 

Tires, standard, front / rear

--

 

 215/45R20 / 245/40R20

215/45R20 / 245/40R20

Wheels, standard, front / rear

 

 

20 x 7.5 / 20 x 8.5

20 x 7.5 / 20 x 8.5

Tire type

inches

 

Performance run-flat

Performance run-flat

 

 

 

 

 

Track, front

inches

62.7

64.7

64.7

Rear, track

inches

62.4

67.8

67.8

Cx

--

0.32

0.27

0.28

 

 

 

 

 

0-60 mph

seconds

6.8

4.2

4.4

Top speed

mph

99

155

155

Electric-only range

miles

up to 153

18

18

Fuel Economy combined

MPGe

112

69

69

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