BMW have this week confirmed that they are to increase the production of the Birmingham Hams Hall engine facility. In doing so the new three cylinder turbocharged i8 engine will be produced. This is the engine that is set to power the production version of the innovative and rather futuristic i8 Spyder.
The Story of the i8
The i8 Spyder is set to take the automotive world by storm. Not only will it look like it’s from out of space, but it will be quick too whilst also being extremely economical. The three cylinder engine, largely thanks to its turbocharger, will deliver 344bhp from a petrol-electric hybrid powerplant that will be also be capable of delivering an astonishing 78mpg. So far details of a price haven’t been revealed and it’s difficult to say how much a car insurance quote on such a car would cost at this stage.
However, the performance of the engine is great news. What is also good news is the fact that these fresh new engines will be built over here in the UK as part of a planned £500m investment for UK factories over the next couple of years. This is yet more fantastic news for the UK car industry and the economy in general. Nissan are doing their part for the UK car industry with their wonderful Sunderland plant and now it looks like BMW are helping to bolster the growing car industry in the UK.
The i8 was originally unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as a concept and, four years later, in 2013, the first models of this unique and ground-breaking car will roll off the production line. The BMW i8 will be part of BMW’s new brand, BMW i. The “Project i” cars are to be sold separately to normal BMW’s and Mini’s and other i models are sure to follow the i8, including the i3 which is also currently in the pipeline.
The i3 will be a very small city car and is also expected to go into production at some point next year. A prototype of the i3 is set to be showcased at this summer’s 2012 London Olympics, so make sure you keep an eye out for it.
With the i8 and i3 we could be looking at one potential future of the automobile. With the i8’s planned top speed of 160mph and a 0-60 time of sub 5 seconds, coupled with turbo power, I am very much interested in the future of the automobile!
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