BMW i8 Production Will Soar to Meet Demand
If you're looking to get into a brand new BMW i8 – you're going to have to take a number and wait. Quite possibly a very long time. BMW has realized the substantial backlog, and the automaker is ramping up production of their halo sports car into the foreseeable future to compensate, according to a new report from Automotive News. BMW North America CEO Ludwig Willisch confirmed to the industry paper that the US market will receive double its 2014 allocation of BMW i8 sports cars for 2015, coming to over 1,000 vehicles. In order to boost output of the $137,000 i8, Willisch says BMW will scale back production on its smaller i3 brother ($42,000), though still expects the i3 to sell around 1,000 units monthly in the US. RELATED: Check out photos of the stellar BMW i3 hatchback
Despite that production shift, the i8 bump likely won't be felt until late 2015, as most of those cars won't arrive in the US until October. The current wait time to grab an i8? Willisch says it's about 12 months. In 2014, BMW sold 6,092 i3 hatchbacks and 555 i8 sports cars in the US. The new figures would suggest around 12,000 i3s and 1,100 i8s in the US for 2015.
For those of you hoping BMW would build a Porsche 918/Ferrari LaFerrari/McLaren P1 rivaling hypercar...well...keep hoping. Willisch denied the rumors. At least now there's enough Acura NSX and Ford GT fervor to distract us.
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