Next McLaren Supercar Coming in 2016, Will Slot Between P1 and 650S
British automaker McLaren has just confirmed that its next supercar will arrive in 2016. Although that’s not exactly news, given the company’s known plan to launch a new model each year by 2019, a McLaren spokesman revealed that the vehicle will sit above the 650S and below the P1.
No actual details were unveiled, but we could be looking at a supercar that packs around 750 horsepower and carries a price tag of at least $400,000. With McLaren now focusing on sharing technology between models in order to save financially, it’s very likely that the new supercar will be built around the same carbon-fiber chassis found in the 650S and P1.
Power is also likely to come from the familiar twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter V-8 that motivates the existing lineup and spin the rear wheels with help from a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.
Besides rolling out two new vehicles — the P13 and the aforementioned supercar — over the next couple of years, McLaren is also planning on adding another 20 dealerships by the end of 2014, raising its total to 70, and another 30 showrooms by 2016.
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Why It Matters
With production of the P1 — already sold out at the time of this writing — to end in 2015, a new supercar will arrive just in time to help McLaren build on its daring yearly sales goal. Of course, the yet unnamed supercar will need to spawn more than just a few hundred units and bridge the gap to a P1 successor.
Scheduled to arrive next year and take the Porsche 911 by the throat, the McLaren P13 is expected to borrow several underpinnings and design cues from the recently-unveiled 650S. The entry-level sports car will have about 450 horsepower at its disposal, coming from a detuned version of the 3.8-liter, V-8 engine found across the McLaren lineup.
Source: Automotive News