How does a pre-eminent manufacturer of supercars follow up not just its most famous automobile but also one of the most iconic supercars ever made? Very carefully. The McLaren P1 will not only up the ante in the supercar performance game, it will make its F1 predecessor proud. The bar has been set incredibly high, but McLaren looks like it’s prepared to top itself.
Details and photos after the jump.
Using a modified carbon fiber monocoque structure from the very capable MP4-12C, the P1 derived supercar will house a pumped-up version of the MP4-12C’s twin-turbo V8 — and output is an astounding 903-hp, with a 160 additional boost from a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). 0-60 will arrive in less than three seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 218 mph. Power will be managed by a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox. Aesthetically, the P1 reflects a new design language, especially in the front and rear, with McLaren logo shaped headlights and a curvaceous strip of LED taillights that trace the outline of the back end. The use of some serious aerodynamics in the form of carbon fiber front splitter and huge rear diffusers also come into play.
McLaren’s expectation (which should be met) is that although the F1 successor will be remarkably fast, the car is intended to push the envelope of supercar performance and technology — so it’s not all about top speed. The P1 will reveal itself at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2013. We’re already salivating.
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