McLaren sheds more light on two future supercar models
With only two cars under its belt, McLaren’s appeal is only tied up to the fortunate few that can actually afford their models. They’re not like Porsche, Audi, or even Ferrari, three brands that have both the inventory and the history to be considered as three of the premier automakers of the world.
But to their credit, McLaren seems to be making a push to be included in that group ever since they announced their intentions of quickly following up the release of the MP4-12C with two other models in the near future. Codenamed the ’P12’ and the ’P13’ - the MP4-12C was ’P11’ - these two supercars are expected to join their newly-released brethren as part of McLaren’s expanding supercar profile.
While the MP4-12C sits in the middle of the totem pole, the ’P12’ will be designated as the top-of-the-line model and the eventual successor of the brand’s original model, the F1. According to Motor Trend, the P12 will carry a powertrain delivering an output in the neighborhood of at least 800 horsepower, making it a likely rival to the Lamborghini Aventador.
As for the ’P13’, this "baby McLaren" will sit just below the MP4-12C, making it the most affordable - a loose definition of affordable if there ever was one - model of the McLaren line-up with possible rivals including the Audi R8 V10 and the Porsche 911 Turbo.
Both models will carry the same underpinnings as that of the MP4-12C while also carrying the same mid-engine layout. The future models will also be sprouting different variants, similar to what they’re doing with the current MP4-12C. Of these, the most likely variations would include a cabriolet and a GT3 version.
McLaren hasn’t announced a specific timeline for the two models, but the word is that the top-end P12 will be unveiled in 2013 while the entry-level P13 will follow suit in 2014.
Source: Motor Trend