McLaren CEO Talks About the Future P13 and P15 Supercars
The McLaren P13 is arriving sooner than we thought. While we already know that McLaren plans to put the P13 up for sale in September 2015, recent details have emerged surrounding the sports car’s official unveiling and price tag. The P13 will debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with a $210,000 price tag.
A report from Edmunds confirmed these new details surrounding the British automaker’s new entry-level sports car. Speaking with McLaren Managing Director Mike Flewitt, the auto site managed to confirm the company’s plans for the P13.
For one, the P13 ’code’ won’t be used as the official production name of the sports car. Also, it will carry a similar size to the McLaren 650S and will have the same mid-engine, two-seat setup within a carbon-fiber body.
But according to Flewitt, the two McLarens will still be completely unique from each other, despite the shared components. "It’s difficult to style mid-engine cars to look different, not least for cooling reasons; side-mounted radiators dictate a lot of style," he explained.
As far as the engine is concerned, the P13 will use the same 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine as the 650S. The only difference is that McLaren will detune the former’s V-8 powertrain to somewhere between 400 to 500 horsepower, creating a 0-to-60-mph sprint time of about four seconds — a second slower than the 650S. Likewise, top speed is about 185 mph for the P13, compared to the 207-mph top speed of the 650S.
In addition to the news about the P13, Flewitt also talked about another future McLaren: the P15.
Contrary to previous rumors, the P15 will not be the replacement for the P1. Instead, the supercar, which will cost $500,000 to $600,000, will sit just above the 650S and launch in 2017.
That should still create a wide space between all of McLaren’s models and its flagship supercar — the P1 — which features the very best of McLaren technology to go with an output of 903 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque and a price of $1.15 million.
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Why It Matters
More details are coming out about the P13, which means that the sports car’s puzzle is starting to take shape. Additionally, the $210,000 price tag is an important new detail, allowing interested buyers to start saving up their money so they can be first in line to buy one as soon as it hits dealerships in the fall of 2015.
The McLaren P13 is shaping up to be the most "affordable" McLaren in the company’s lineup. That should ring music to the ears of those who have always wanted a McLaren but didn’t have the money to afford any of its existing supercars.
At a price of $210,000, the P13 is still heavy on the pockets, but not so much as the 12C or the 650S, for that matter.
We’re still waiting for any word on how much power the P13 will have, but at least we know that it’s anywhere from 400 to 500 horsepower. Those are impressive numbers that should give the P13 a good chance at running down a lot of its competitors.
The McLaren P13 will make its world debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show before going on sale in September next year.