The final i8 rolled off the production line in an exquisite shade of Portimao Blue.
With the production of the now-famous BMW i8 sports car drawing to a close, the German automaker has decided to go out with a bang, by painting the last ever model in the rather striking and exclusive color of Portimao Blue. The BMW i8, which competed against cars such as the Porsche 911 Carrera and Audi R8 was BMW's first attempt at a hybrid sports car and paved the way for other premium hybrid vehicles such as the i3. Since 2014, 20,500 of these sports cars have been built.
The last i8 models to leave the factory floor have been sold to individuals of the BMW i8 club according to their individual wishes.
The i8 broke new ground when it was first released, and innovations in areas such as carbon fiber moulding was carried over to newer models such as the M3, M4, and even luxury models such as the 7 and 8 Series. The i8 will always be remembered for its carbon fiber monocoque, all-electric driving ability, and the fact that it featured the world's first laser light headlights.
Hans-Peter Kamser, head of the BMW plant in Leipzig is rather fond of the i8: "The BMW i8 is a unique vehicle that was manufactured by unique employees. The experience gained here at the Leipzig plant ensures that the BMW Group has lightweight construction expertise that is unique in the automotive industry."
The last ever i8 built has been adorned in a stunning Portimao Blue which highlights its curvaceous lines and striking front end. The BMW i8 was set to be canned by the end of April, but this was postponed as the Leipzig plant was forced to close following the pandemic.
The Portimao Blue i8, which is possibly the most eye-catching color this car has even been made available in, is a fitting choice for this iconic car. "The BMW i8 is an integral part of Leipzig. The i8 is a brand ambassador for the BMW Group and for our plant. For the last six years. And also in the future," Kamser concluded.