BMW has confirmed the production version of the i8 concept will feature a three-cylinder petrol engine.

BMW has confirmed the production version of the i8 concept will feature a three-cylinder petrol engine. The mill will be built exclusively at the company's Hams Hall plant in England.

Specifications were not released, but the concept featured a 220 hp (164 kW / 223) turbocharged three-cylinder engine and a 170 hp (125 kW / 172 PS) electric motor. This enable the model to have a combined maximum output of 353 PS (260 kW / 349 hp) and 550 Nm (406 Nm) of torque. The eco-friendly setup allowed the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than five seconds, hit a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) and travel up to 35 km (20 miles) on electricity alone.

In a statement, BMW's Ian Robertson said "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. 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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