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Mini Superleggera to have #BMW i8 plug-in #hybrid powertrain - reversed

Mini Superleggera to have #BMW i8 plug-in #hybrid powertrain - reversed

The Mini Superleggera concept is getting closer to production, as new details on its powertrain have emerged. Production Mini Superleggera concept could use a plug-in hybrid powertrain similar to that of the i8 sports car according to Autocar sources. That arrangement will see a petrol engine mounted at the front, with an electric motor mounted at the rear axle, along the same lines as BMW's all-wheel-drive range-extender electric car powertrain . It will be based on the same UKL platform which already underpins the rest of the Mini range as well as the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer. BMW board member with the responsibility for Mini Peter Schwarzenbauer said that Mini was still exploring the potential of plug-in hybrid and EV technology. "every new Mini model will come with a hybrid option, Plug-in hybrids are economically a little easier," he said "Full electric is extremely...

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