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BMW supercar engine to be manufactured in the UK

  • BMW has announced it will produce the engine for its i8 petrol-electric supercar in the UK.

    The three-cylinder petrol engine is designed to extend the plug-in hybrid's range beyond what is supplied by its batteries.

    BMW's plug-in sportscar is expected to go on sale in 2013.

    It will have the capacity to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in five seconds with the potential to deliver 78mpg. When using just the battery, the car's range is about 20 miles.

    The plan to make the car's petrol engine in the Midlands is part of a $777 million investment in the UK announced by BMW last year.