Manfred Poschenrieder, BMW Group, Corporate and Governmental Affairs, Technology Communication, Spokesperson BMW Group Efficient talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, about the 3-cylinder engine that will go into the BMW i8.

Poschenrieder compares the 3-cylinder to the 4-cylinder BMW 320 engine already out on the road. The horsepower on the 320 is around 178 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. The 320i gets about 36 mpg. What does the 3-cylinder get?

Why is BMW bringing out the 3-cylinder engine?

The BMW i8 will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. It will be the first Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) for BMW.