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officially unveiled its i3 concept
ahead of the car's on-stage debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show
. Details on the i3 and upcoming i8 poured out. Click here
for all of that initial info.
Recently, Consumer Reports
' Eric Evarts spoke about the i3 with BMW chief engineer Ulli Kranz. Evarts asked of the i3's optional range-extending engine and, even though Kranz wouldn't discuss specifics, Evarts seems to have prodded Kranz in such a way that BMW's range-extending solution was revealed.
Evarts suggested to Kranz that one of BMW's motorcycle engines would be ideally suited for range-extending duties and, rather than deny this, Kranz' "eyes lit up when it was suggested that a motorcycle engine might be a perfect fit for such a car," according to Evarts.
Furthermore, Green Car Reports speculates that handling the i3's range-extending duties will be one of BMW's G-Series motorcycle engines, most likely the 48-horsepower, single-cylinder 652-cc unit that powers the U.S.-spec BMW G 650 GS
motorcycle.2014 BMW i3 to feature range-extending 652-cc motorcycle engine?
originally appeared on Autoblog
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