'Concours' BMW i8 up for auction at Pebble
A special edition of BMW's futuristic EV sports car to cross the block at Pebble Beach.
As if the futuristic-looking 2014 BMW i8 wasn't already unique enough, an even more special version will be hitting the auction block at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance next month. Aptly named the i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition, the special sports car will be unlike any other i8 in the entire world.
The one-of-a-kind i8's exterior is painted in BMW Individual Frozen Grey Metallic, while the cabin is defined by Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery which BMW says takes its color from dye derived by plant extracts. BMW i Blue stitching adds contrast, as well as several other trim accents that come as part of the Pure Impulse Tera World interior. Other unique appointments in the cabin include headrests embossed with the i8 logo and laser-etched words that read "Concours d'Elegance," which serve as a reminder at just how special the i8 is. If that's not enough to set the i8 apart, perhaps the the laser headlights will, since this i8 is the first to boast the technology, which is still pending government approval. An i8 display key and the first professional edition BMW Charging Station also come as part of the special treatment.
All else remains the same underneath the hood. The i8 is powered by a mid-mounted 231-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter I-3 powering the rear wheels (via a six-speed automatic) and a 131-hp electric motor powering the front wheels (via a two-speed transmission) for a combined system output of 362 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
The 2014 BMW i8 already goes for $136,625, so you can only imagine how much the Concours d-Elegance edition will fetch when it goes under the hammer at the upcoming Pebble Beach show in August. Proceeds will go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
UPDATE: The special-edition BMW I8 sold for $825,000 including commission.