BMW to Make Engines for i8 in Birmingham, UK
Of the two cars, the most exciting is without a doubt the i8 sports car, with a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of under 5 seconds and around 3.6 l/100km (78 UK mpg) on the combined cycle, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to it.
Being a conventional hybrid, the i8 will get both electric and petrol power, with the latter being a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged unit which is basically half of their 3.0-liter engine, in order for the two to share parts and keep costs down and reliability high - not a bad philosophy.
The 1.5-liter engines will be built by BMW in their engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmingham. The Hams Hall factory has been online for over 11 years, with 3-million engines produced over the years for cars like the X1, 1-Series, 3-Series and MINI cars.