This BMW i8 roadster by Alcantara was designed to be in the limelight
Keen readers will have noticed that whenever reviewers talk about car interior upholstery, 'Alcantara' is always spelt with the capital 'A'.
This is because Alcantara is not just a synthetic textile material, it is also a trademarked brand and name by Alcantara S.p.A., a Milan-based company that invented said material in 1972.
Alcantara has recently partnered with BMW Italia and built this gorgeous one-off i8 LimeLight edition.
The i8 Roadster LimeLight (fitting name, by the way) features two-tone limelight exterior paint with black wheels with matching yellow calipers. The black canvas roof takes 15 seconds to open or close at speeds up to 31 mph / 50 kph.
It is powered by the same three-cylinder, 1.5 L turbocharged engine as the standard model, which powers the rear wheels, coupled with an electric unit powering the front wheels, for a combined power output of 369 hp, good enough for an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds.
Furthermore, its 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack allows you to travel up to 33 miles (53 km) in full-electric mode.
Inside you'll find, rather unsurprisingly, a festival of TÜV SÜD-certified carbon neutral Alcantara covering just about any surface. There are two-tone Alcantara sport seats with contrast yellow stitching and Alcantara covers the dashboard, the centre console, the steering wheel and both door panels.
Alcantara S.p.A. was the first Italian company to have received carbon neutral certification by TÜV SÜD ten years ago, and they've actually received this certification every year ever since.
The lime and black Alcantara combination creates a rather intriguing contrast with carbon fibre finish, which is used to decorate elements of both the centre console and the car dashboard, and blue ambient lighting. You'll also find LimeLight Edition badging here and there.
The i8 was one of the first electrified vehicles vehicle I've driven and the first plug-in hybrid I ever drove. I like it so much I've actually bought my four-year old step-cousin a remote control model. He's already crashed the toy a million times but he's only four, so I assume that's his way of saying he like it.
BMW isn't planning a successor to the i8, high-ranking executives within the company have been saying this for months, and I'm personally going to miss this car. So as far as I'm concerned, any limited-edition, one-off, swan song edition of the i8 is ok in my book.