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Leicester City stars customise Premier prize BMWs

By raccars Published

BMW i8

Premier League-winning footballers personalise the £105,000 BMWs they were given to mark success

Most people probably wouldn’t want to change a thing if they were given a £105,000 supercar as a gift. But most people aren’t Premier League footballers who have just won the Premier League!

Instead of just settling for the ‘basic’ new BMWs which they were given this summer as the reward promised by club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha for winning the league last season, the stars of Leicester City have been queuing up to have their BMW i8s personalised.

BMWs now not in Leicester blue

A total of 19 of the Leicester City champions were given the blue supercars but even the club’s colour has had to go in some cases as the players spend around £2,000 each to have their vehicles modified.

Jeffrey Schlupp, Leicester City’s left back, is believed to have been the first in the queue to have his car personalised, having the blue motor wrapped in a matte black colour. He has already taken delivery of his new-look car.

Matte black has proved a popular choice with a number of other first team players, who are waiting around five days to have their cars modified. Cars already completed include those belonging to captain Wes Morgan, Andy King, Ben Chilwell, Danny Simpson, Demarai Gray and Rihad Mahrez.

Some of the players bucked the matte black trend and went for grey rather than the original Protonic Blue, whilst Mahrez is thought to have opted for white. Various players have also requested additional finishing touches, including chrome finishes and wrapped rims.

It is thought that all of the modifications requested by the first team will have been completed by the end of this month and more than one of the players is expected to turn up in their i8 at the club’s King Power Stadium for Leicester’s next home game versus Burnley, which takes place on September 17.

The Foxes are not the first football players to request modifications from the same Midlands company carrying out the work. England captain and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney had a chrome finish added to his Audi Q7 and Harry Kayne is also a former customer.

Players miss out on BMWs

Whilst last season’s Leicester Squad featured 23 players, only 19 BMW i8s were delivered. This is because Thai owner Srivaddhanaprabha did not give cars to four players who had already left the club.

N'Golo Kante missed out on the new wheels after he made a £30million switch to London club Chelsea in the summer and Yohan Benalouane, Andrej Kramaric and Joe Dodoo also went without.

About the BMW i8

The players’ new BMWs are priced at £104,990, produce 357bhp at 5,800rpm and get from 0 to 62mph in 4.4 seconds. They have an automatic six-speed gearbox and weigh 1,490kg.

The car was first introduced by BMW as the Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics. It is a hybrid, plug-in car that boasts both a combustion engine and an electric drive train powered by a lithium-ion battery.

These BMWs can reach a maximum speed of 155mph and boast a design influenced by the original and Hommage Concept M1s.

The original version of the i8 was a turbodiesel concept which was revealed at the International Motor Show Germany in 2009, before an i8 production version was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013.

The car was released for sale in Germany in the summer of 2014 and deliveries to American drivers started around two months later. The strongest markets for the i8 are Britain, Germany and the United States.

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