Should we be surprised about McLaren ’s decision to offer a more powerful version for its new P1 supercar ? We certainly aren’t. Ever since the McLaren revealed the P1, it has been touting an upgraded hybrid system will deliver more than it does in the base version.
Today, our spy photographers caught a very strange P1 prototype testing at Nϋrburgring that It wears "XP2R" lettering and it was marked as a prototype vehicle. Obviously, this is no ordinary P1. Could it be a spiritual successor for the McLaren F1 LM ?
We know very few details on the new P1 XP2R version, but rumbling in the industry indicates that it will deliver more power than the current P1. This current P1uses a hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with an electric motor for a total power figure of 903 horsepower and an estimated 1,100 pound-feet of torque.
If this prototype becomes a reality, you can bet that McLaren will build the X2PR in limited numbers. We’ll get back with more details on this special XP2R as soon as we have them. Stay tuned!
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We have very few details on this P1 XP2R prototype, but for sure it is no ordinary P1. The "XP2R" lettering on the side flanks are a clear indication that this may be something special.
To explain, the "XP" means you are looking at an experimental vehicle, "2" is likely an indication of a second prototype. The "R," however, remains a mystery to this point, but it could be an indication of a racing version.
Also, the prototype features a combination of silver and black, a color never seen on an official P1 before.
Talking about competitors for the new P1 XP2R makes pretty much no sense, especially if you consider we have no details on the specification figures. But at least we know McLaren is not the only one considering a more powerful version for its supercar.
Rumors are also floating around that Ferrari plans to build an EvoXX version for its new LaFerrari supercar. Despite adamant denials from Ferrari, we are confident that this will become a reality.
The LaFerrari EvoXX will likely feature a more aggressive aerodynamic package and will be improved with an updated suspension and race-inspired brakes. We also expect some more power under the hood.
Gallery Ferrari LaFerrari
The standard McLaren P1 is powered by an improved version of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the 12C paired to a twin-clutch transmission with an embedded electric motor. This output delivers a total of 903 horsepower and an estimated 1,100 pound-feet of torque at launch.
It sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 217 mph.
Gallery McLaren P1