This past month has brought rumor to the automotive world that BMW is considering scrapping, or at least delaying production of the i8 and i3 due to low forecasted demand, and poor follow through on government incentives.
So what better way for BMW to
get in front of destroy this rumor than to announce that they are going to be producing the i8's specialized engine exclusively at the BMW's engine plant at Hams Hall, UK, and on schedule? So they did just that yesterday at the 2012 International Automotive Summit.
Ian Robertson (BMW's sales and marketing manager) said of the occasion: “Our Hams Hall engine plant...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.”
BMW not only took the time to reaffirm the launch of the i8 in 2014, but also noted the i3 supermini will be going on sale in 2013.
The TwinPower Turbo engine in the i8 produces 349hp, and propels the car (reportedly) to 100 km/hr (62mph) in under 5 seconds. This coupled with an electric drive train also allows the car to travel about 20 miles completely on electricity, while offering a blended MPG (or MPGe) of 78.