The German based automaker BMW is planning to launch its new three-cylinder engine in the United States, which will be used for future MINI models of for the latest i8 plug-in electric hybrid sports car.

After being officially presented to the public just a couple of weeks ago, the new 3-cylinder engine developed by BMW is being placed into the spotlights once again, this time with the member of BMW AG’s board, Ian Robertson, who has announced that the unit will be launched in the United States. According to the company’s official, the engine will be used on models like the i8 plug-in electric hybrid sports car or for future MINI models.

“Hybrids with a three-cylinder engine are coming rapidly. It behaves like a six-cylinder, it is half of a six-cylinder engine and has the noise of a six cylinder. The output from a relatively small engine is not what you would have imagined”, said Ian Robertson.

BMW hasn’t announced any details specifications on the new engine, but the petrol unit is known to get outputs raging between 121 HP (122 PS / 90 kW) to 221 HP (224 PS / 165 kw) and torque between 180 Nm (133 lb-ft) to 240 Nm (177 lb-ft). The diesel engines will produce between 80 HP (82 PS / 60 kW) and 181 HP (184 PS / 135 kW), with a peak torque between 225 Nm (166 lb-ft) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft).

Source: Automotive News


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