On the sidelines of the Paris Motor Show, a source with BMW told Autonews that the three-cylinder will be sold in US models as well. This is pretty obvious, since the 1-Series GT is built on the same platform as the next MINI Cooper hatchback, with is sure to use only these new engines. In addition, the advanced i8 hybrid-electric supercar will be sold in the US, and it’s also got a 1.5-liter in the back.
In petrol form, the 1.5-liter will produce anywhere from 120 to 220 hp and 180-240 Nm of torque. In addition, BMW head of marketing Ian Robertson told Autonews that the 1.5 TwinPower “behaves like a six-cylinder, is half-of a six-cylinder and has the noise of a six-cylinder.”
While we’re not included to believe it sounds like a 335i, there’s nothing particularly magical about the 1.6-liter engine in the MINI Cooper.