No this is not a special edition i8 that BMW released that you’ve never hear of, instead this car has been done the aftermarket route. A regular BMW i8 Roadster will set you back R 2,3 million brand new. On the second hand market, with little over 10 000 km on the clock, somewhere around R 1,6 million. Fork out another R 400 000 more though, and you could have this i8, which has three quarters of a million rand worth of aftermarket items on it.
The i8 has always been a looker, and in this grey metallic paint, with the cremé interior, this car is one of the more tasteful specifications. This one has had some extras thrown at it though. Most obvious is the aftermarket carbon package that lines the entire exterior of this car. Including everything from the front bumper, canards, side skirts and rear bumper to the diffuser and wing, this I8 is a far more aggressive looking car than it was before.
The car has been lowered too, on H&R springs, to allow those 22-inch forged wheels to sit properly in the arches. Although not to everyone’s taste, we reckon they look far better than the skinny standard items.
The i8 was released with 280 kW, delivered by a 1,5-litre three-pot motor and two electric motors on each front wheel. This was enough to keep up with the M4, of the time, in the quarter mile. This car has been given a performance boost though, with a Frequency Intelligence exhaust, and an ECU remap. We don’t know what the numbers are, but modifications like these usually entail an increase of anything between 40 and 100 kW. Between stop lights an M4 might have a hard time.
Extra carbon, better stance, and greater pace. It may cost R 400 000 more than an untouched one on the used market, but when you add up the cost price of those modifications, we reckon this is bang for buck. Bear in mind the car has just under 18 000 km’s on the clock too.