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With the automotive world moving towards electric-only power, there are countless fans of the internal combustion engine that aren’t on board. Previously it was diesel that was the devil’s own, but electrification has taken that title. In a move to bridge the gap between new and old, the folk at BMW have teamed up with renowned vehicle customising brand Kith to show off a tweaked version of the BMW i4 M50 alongside a 1972 BMW 1602 Elektro by Ronnie Fieg, the head honcho over at Kith. As well as being in the lead at Kith, Ronnie is also a thoroughbred BMW fanatic, and the modernised old-school 1602 he created is a literal work of automotive art that pays homage to the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich when a pair of BMW 1602s that were converted to electric power were used as accompanying and camera cars by the Olympic Committee - electrification ahead of many other automakers thanks to the rules of no combustion engines allowed on site.

Only seven of these Kith BMW i4 M50 cars will be made available for the public, which you just know will go to some of the world’s top collectors, and because of that one of these cars will be auctioned off to a global audience. To add to the bespoke theme, Kith is also selling a 51-piece collection comprising apparel and accessories that have been inspired by the colours of the Kith Vitality Green paint and the BMW Individual Caramel Merino leather interior and these will be available in Kith stores and online. This is the continuation of a partnership that started in 2020 with the design of a BMW M4 Competition Coupé by Ronnie Fieg. The total of 150 editions of the exclusive BMW M4 Competition × Kith were sold out in less than 30 minutes. We’d love to see the value of those 150 cars now. Making this car and colour more special is it being the first time ever that BMW has named a new colour after a brand partner - Kith Vitality Green. Added to that, the logos have been merged too - the well-known BMW badge was altered to feature an additional ring in Kith Vitality Green added around the edges.
There are loads of bespoke details in this pair of limited edition electric BMWs, in the BMW i4 M50 by Kith we see Caramel merino leather all over the place complete with Kith logos including ‘KITH Exclusive Edition’ laser-engraved into the trim. The Kith collab sees the car equipped with a few special additions as standard like M Sports brakes with red calipers, the M aerodynamic package, the BMW Individual Shadow Line lights, Professional and Plus driving assistants, an electric sliding glass roof, fine oak wood trim, M high-gloss Shadow Line exterior trim, and a Harman/Kardon surround sound audio system, The BMW i4 M50 by Kith has 400 kW (544 hp) on tap in Sport Boost mode and it can shunt from 0-100 km/h in 3.9-seconds.

Take a look at the YouTube video from about a year back that shows off what happens when Kith gets hold of a BMW: The BMW M4 Competition x KITH. True legends live on | BMW

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