BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Engine To Be Built In UK

BMW i8 2+2 sports car is one step closer to production as Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, announced earlier today that the new generation of high-tech, 3-cylinder petrol engines for the future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will be produced exclusively at the BMW engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmingham.

Ian Robertson said: “Our Hams Hall engine plant, which last week celebrated production of the three-millionth engine since the plant was opened in February 2001, will make an important contribution to the future success of the new BMW i brand and the company’s strategy for achieving sustainable mobility. The new 3-cylinder petrol engines will enable our future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car to set new standards for dynamic performance in combination with industry-leading fuel-efficiency and low carbon emission levels.”

Specifications for the production engine were not released, but the i8 concept features a 220bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine and a 130bhp electric motor. This setup enables the concept to reach 0-62mph in 4.6sec while the top speed is 155mph. In zero-emission all-electric mode the range is approximately 20 miles.


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