For a long time it was believed that the McLaren P13 would be the next sports car to come out of Woking. Details on the "baby" McLaren have been rather confusing, but now that the 650S is already in production, things are finally starting to take shape.
Aimed at the Porsche 911 , the P13 will go into production next year with a de-tuned, 3.8-liter, V-8 engine under the hood. The unit will deliver around 450 horsepower, which is nearly 200 horses less than the 650S . Pricing will be reduced as well, with the 911 fighter to retail for about $200,000, making it cheaper than the outgoing MP4-12C .
A smaller price tag also signals that the P13 will feature less carbon-fiber body parts compared to the 650S. According to Top Gear, the body will be mostly aluminum, although McLaren has yet to decide what processes will be used to make the vehicle’s panels.
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The aforementioned source also reveals that McLaren will design the P13 with drivability and comfort in mind, using a suspension system similar to the one found in the 650S. Not surprisingly, the British are also determined to give the new sports car a front end that echoes the brand’s current design language.
This means the P13 will look like a shrunken 650S, which, in turn, got its nose from the P1 supercar . No need to worry though, the smallest member of the new McLaren family will get its own styling cues toward the rear. That’s really great news because the last thing we need right now is a sports car company with the Audi syndrome.
It appears that production of the P13 is scheduled to commence once all 375 units of the P1 are finished. This will happen at the of 2015.