It appears that Europeans like supercars, in fact they love them so much that IHS Automotive forecasts an increase of more than 60 percent by 2017. According to the forecast, around 21,000 supercars will be sold by 2017 and the most popular vehicles are expected to be the BMW i8 and the Audi R8.
Things are not quite good in Italy where the finance police started to stop people who were driving supercars in order to catch those who made their money from tax evasion. According to Lamborghini CEO, people were feeling hunted.
Regarding the BMW i8, the stylish plug-in hybrid supercar is expected to outsell all other supercars next year and there is a forecast of 1,700 units. Next year, McLaren will also introduce its entry-level model, codenamed P13, which is expected to go on sale for about 160,000 euros.
In 2016, the supercar segment will see the introduction of the next-generation Audi R8 and the Ferrari 458 Italia, which means that sales will increase even further. Ferrari is expected to sell around 1,500 units of the revised 458 Italia while Audi will lead the segment with 2,400 units sold.
What’s more interesting is that McLaren executives think that they need to be fast in updating and replacing older models as the customer want a vehicle that is quicker and need to have something that’s new and even faster than their current supercar. [source: automotive news - sub. required]