We already grasp that BMW has officially approved the manufacture of its abundant anticipated hybrid sports automotive, the i8 and that we are well aware that the gasoline engine behind it’s a one.3-liter three-banger that pops out a sweet 223 horsepower. When combined with the electrical motor on the front wheels, the i8 hits a healthy 354 ponies.
BMW has simply revealed one more detail on its upcoming i8, which is that the thee-pot gas burner that powers it’ll hail from Jolly Ol’ England… Hams Hall factory in Birmingham, to be precise. Head of engine development at BMW, Peter Nefischer, mentioned before that the boosted three-cylinder might notice its method into the 3-Series within the future and also the indisputable fact that this engine is being in-built an equivalent factory that manufactures the 3-Series engine might add some validity to the current attainable downsizing of the 3-Series.
With the 328i already returning stock with a two40-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter, there’s no reason that an extended fuel vary model boasting this 223-horsepower, 1.3-liter engine cannot become an occasion. Granted, it seemingly wouldn’t have quite the drivability of the two.0-liter, however the extended fuel vary would facilitate traveling business individuals a good deal, whereas still having slightly pep in its step. additionally, those 223 ponies still way exceed the paltry 201 ponies pumped out by the Mercedes-Benz C250.
We can say with some certainty that a three-cylinder 3-Series variant will certainly happen, it’s simply a matter of when it happens and the way BMW tunes the engine to retain the snug feel that the 3-Series is notorious for. We’ll update you if the other news pointing toward a three-banger 3-Series pops up.
BMW i8 Concept specifications:
Number of seats: 2 + 2.
Kerb weight: 1480kg.
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds.
Electric range: 35km.
Luggage capacity: Approximately 150 litres.
Fuel consumption (combined): 2.7 litres/100km.
Battery charge time: 105 minutes for 100 per cent charge.
Output: 260kW/550Nm overall: 164kW300Nm petrol engine + 96kW/250Nm electric motor.