BMW Confirm UK Production Of Next-gen i8 Engines

Wed, 13 Jun 2012

BMW have announced that the new generation of 1.5-litre, three-cylinder gas engines for the future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will be produced exclusively at the firm’s Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham.

Production at the Midlands facility is to increase to include the new high-tech turbocharged engine that will power the production version of the i8, a contemporary 2+2 seater sports car which boasts BMW’s eDrive plug-in hybrid concept.

The petrol-electric hybrid model is capable of 78mpg, has a range of approximately 20 miles and produces an impressive 344bhp thanks to the three-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine .

The , which is expected to go on sale in the UK next year, is also capable of 0-60 mph in under five seconds

BMW recently announced that over three million engines have now been produced at the Hams Hall engine plant for a wide range of BMW and MINI vehicles. This milestone follows record production in 2011 and confirmation that facilities are to be upgraded to enable production of the new generation of engines .

"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" said Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW AG, sales and marketing BMW .

"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."
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