2018 McLaren P16

Unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , the McLaren 650S took the sports car market by storm as the replacement for the aging MP4-12C . Woking’s masterpiece blends styling cues from both the 12C and the P1 supercar and shares the proven 3.8-liter V-8 engine with the rest of the McLaren lineup.Although the 650S is still brand-new and has yet to hit the streets at full throttle as of June 2014, the British company is reportedly already working on its successor. According to Automobile, the upcoming sports car is codenamed P16 and set to arrive sometime in 2017. Also part of the company’s new plan to introduce one new model each year by 2019, the P16 is rumored to arrive in several body versions and configurations.

Naturally, the P16 will better the 650S in all aspects. It will be more powerful, faster, more agile, and emit less CO2. Expect the P16 to mark the debut of a number of new technologies.

Note: Current McLaren 650S pictured here.

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Production of the P16 is scheduled to commence in late 2016, with the first units to arrive in 2017. As with all McLaren models, the P16 Coupe will be the first to hit showrooms. A convertible version, the P16 Spider, will follow in 2018, while a track-focused version, likely to carry a GTS badge, should be ready to hit the track in 2019.

Although it won’t represent a major improvement in terms of horsepower and torque, expect the P16 to be faster and more agile than the 650S. A semi-active suspension is said to improve its cornering speeds, while technology like hydro-electric yaw control, anti-dive, roll compensation, and torque vectoring will make it faster on the track.

Word has it McLaren could drop the venerable 3.8-liter, V-8 engine by 2017 and replace it with a 2.9-liter V-6. The six-banger will mate to new-generation electric motors and form an advanced hybrid system.

Competitors

Ferrari 458M

Ferrari 458 Successor

The current Ferrari 458 Speciale is a brilliant car, but the Italians are planning to improve upon it on many levels, starting with the engine sitting behind the seats. Rumored to arrive in 2015, the next 458 is set to gain a turbocharged unit and join the California T in Ferrari ’s new force-fed lineup. Dubbed 458M, Ferrari’s upcoming sports car is expected to to benefit from around 670 horsepower. This figure will make it more powerful than the current 650S, but likely on par with the 2017 P16.

Expect the Ferrari 458M to complete the 0-to-60-mph sprint in a little less than three seconds or about half a second quicker than the standard 458 , and slightly faster than the current 458 Speciale.

Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

The Lamborghini Huracan arrived to replace the aging Gallardo as the company’s entry-level supercar . The Italian machine relies on a naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that cranks out 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The Huracan seems at a disadvantage when compared to the McLaren 650S or the next 458M in terms of output, but its 0-to-60-mph sprint of about three seconds and top speed of 205 mph prove that horsepower and torque aren’t everything when it comes to speed and fast launches.

The Huracan benefits from a driver-oriented cabin that features a 12.3-inch TFT display, carbon-fiber inserts, and acres of leather and Alcantara. Expect the bull-badged sports car to receive a few updates until the McLaren P16 arrives three years from now.

McLaren 650S

McLaren 650S

The McLaren 650S was unveiled in both Coupe and Spider guises in early 2014. Developed to replace the venerable MP4-12C, the 650S borrows the 12C’s front, the P1’s front fascia and features a number of design cues that add to its individuality. Power is provided by the same 3.8-liter V-8 found across the McLaren lineup, but tuned to deliver 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.

The output is transferred to the rear wheels by means of a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and sends the 650S flying from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.9 seconds. The drivetrain is capable enough to propel the British sports car from naught to 186 mph in 25.4 seconds before reaching a top speed of 207 mph. As of June 2014, the Coupe is from from $265,500, while the Spider retails from $280,225.


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