18 Sep 2012

McLaren P1 - Photos and specs of the new supercar


(Note - more photos and info have been released since this article.  Click here to see them)

McLaren Automotive have just released the following information about their successor to the McLaren F1 which they say has one simple goal - to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.

It is rumoured that the McLaren P1 has a top speed of over 200mph, does 0-62 in under 3 seconds and will cost in the order of £800,000.

The McLaren P1 is being unveiled at the Paris Motor Show as a design study.

McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman, Ron Dennis said: "The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage. Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again.

McLaren Automotive's MD, Antony Sheriff said: "Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit.  It is the true test of a supercar’s all round ability and a much more important technical statement. Our goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made."

The McLaren P1 is being pitched higher than the MP4 12C in terms of both price and performance.

Speedmonkey thinks the P1 looks phenomenal.  From it's wide, toothless grin to the swooping bodywork, insane rear end and F1 style diffusers.  From it's side profile we think the P1 is one of the best looking cars we have ever seen.