BMW, the world’s largest luxury automaker, appears to again leave the fans waiting as the latest report concerning the highly-anticipated i8 Spyder have the model derived from the namesake concept coming a little later than previewed.
According to new sources, the production model version of the BMW i8 Spyder – which harkens back as far as 2012 – has been delayed now and will not reach its intended markets before 2017 at the earliest and 2018 at the latest. By the looks of it, 2016 is looking like a barren year in terms of the introductions from the eco-conscious BMW subbrand, which is really a shame – just consider the capital the automaker would have gained if it pitted such models as a solution to the ongoing diesel emission debacle. Anyways, the rumor mill treats the i subbrand even being ready to deliver first its upcoming an all new i5 model – instead of the eagerly-anticipated i8 Spyder. There are no details regarding to the exact cause of the delay but versions include the fact that i8’s architecture wasn’t exactly developed from the get go to make room for a roadster to the more plausible idea of the automaker waiting to updated the regular model and feature the same powertrain as the one used in the i8 Safety Car from Formula E.
By the way, if you remember, BMW updated the i8 Spyder concept and presented the new variant in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show – called the i8 Vision Future Interaction. This one has inside the cockpit a spectacular 21-inch panorama screen on the passenger side which becomes the center of the infotainment system once the driver engages the autonomous driving mode.