McLaren’s sports car lineup will receive yet another member in 2015, the British manufacturer confirmed today, adding that the next vehicle to be unveiled will slot below the 650S. Codenamed P13 and previously believed to carry the 500S moniker, McLaren’s upcoming entry-level sports car will carry the Sports Series nameplate, the Brits said in a press release. The vehicle is slated to make its world debut in the second quarter of 2015 and will cater more to the sports car segment than the supercar realm.
While confirming the Sports Series, McLaren also launched the Black Swan campaign, which includes a series of 13 teasers that include game-changing "moments from around the world and within McLaren’s." Also, the British manufacturer will use the hashtag #BlackSwanMoments "to tell stories that have truly changed and challenged people’s beliefs."
The Sports Series is still somewhat of a mystery as of this writing, but McLaren did say it will follow into the footsteps of the P1 and 650S by including Formula One technologies and state-of-the-art construction techniques. Like the rest of the current McLaren lineup, it will feature a carbon-fiber chassis and a mid-mounted V-8 engine.
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There has been a lot of talk about McLaren’s known plan to launch a new model each year by 2019, but very few details have oozed from Woking, England until now. We do know there’s a track-speed P1 GTR and a more affordable P13 in the pipeline, and that a new supercar is scheduled to hit the streets in 2016. The rest of the McLaren lineup was still a mystery until today, as Automobile managed to dig up even more details surrounding the company’s upcoming expansion.
According to the magazine, McLaren’s drawing board is already full. Besides the P13 and P1 GTR set to arrive within the next couple of years, the Brits are developing a near-supercar, likely to slot between the 650S and the P1, as well as a replacement for the 650S. The two are reportedly scheduled to break cover between 2017 and 2019, with a brand-new sports car with a 2+2 seating configuration to follow in 2020.
Sounds like the Brits are elbows deep into their new strategy to conquer the sports car and supercar markets.
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Ever find yourself wishing for a McLaren with more trunk space? Well, that might be in the works, according to a report from Car & Driver. Supposedly, McLaren is working on several variants of the upcoming 2015 P13, including a “GT” that features a trunk area on the rear of the car.
A rear trunk is a pretty normal thing, but not for mid-engine supercars with V-8 powerplants. Sure, the Porsche Cayman has a boot, but its flat six-cylinder options are far more compact than the P13’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8. What’s more, the current McLarens’ rear ends have little free real estate due to cooling ducts, exhaust pipes, and the mechanics for the active rear wing.
C&D says their source is a well-informed McLaren insider who confirms the GT’s development. Additionally, McLaren believes it will be the best-selling iteration of the new P13.
The source also alluded to the automaker using some nifty engineering in order to keep the luggage compartment from becoming hot from its twin-turbocharged neighbor. Also included in the GT’s design will be a concave rear window similar to the one found on the Ferrari 206 GT Dino of the 1960s.
Though the GT version of the P13 is making headlines, the standard coupe and a drop-top Spider version will also be available. All P13 variants will include the same carbon-fiber monocell construction and come powered by the same 3.8-liter V-8 as found in the 12C, 650S, and P1 — though the engine will be detuned to somewhere between 450 and 470 horsepower.
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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.
The McLaren P13 is expected to compete with the likes of the Ferrari California T, the Audi R8 V10, and the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
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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McLaren’s announcement that it was planning to launch one new model a year paved the way for the impending arrival of the company’s entry-level model, the P13. It’s a segment that McLaren admittedly lacks presence in but recently, McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt bared significant details about the P13, shedding more light to what’s already shaping up to be an interesting "entry-level" sports car.
Speaking with Top Gear, Flewitt announced that the P13 will, in fact, be slotted below the 12C, and will cost only two-thirds of the 650S. Do a little calculating and you’re going to hit somewhere close to £135,000, which is about $226,000 based on current exchange rates. That ought to be good news for those looking for a McLaren but that don’t have the finances to afford the 12C or 650S. That also makes it about £7,000 ($11,727) less than the 911 Turbo S.
Another interesting revelation from Flewitt is that the P13 will carry a V-8 powertrain similar to the 650S, albeit one that will come with significantly less output than the 650S. Flewitt didn’t specify the number, but whispers in and around Woking lead us to believe that the final number will be between 400 and 500 horsepower. That should be enough to justify an entry level McLaren without impeding on the 650S and the 12C.
The P13 will also carry the same two-seat, mid-engine configuration that McLaren has been known for. In a lot of ways, the P13 will not be as small as people think. For one, McLaren has said that all its models except for the P1 will use the same carbon-fiber tub, dubbed the ‘monocell." Flewitt also admitted that once the engine is added into the equation, the P13 will have its own character and identity that will certainly lend itself as a model that can make a mark in its segment. At least that’s what the big boss of McLaren Automotive believes, proudly exclaiming that the P13 will be "the most engaging car in its segment" when it goes on sale in September next year.
Just don’t expect it to retain the ’P13’ nonmenclature. The company hasn’t come up with a name, but you can expect it to be at least consistent with how it’s named its other models.
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For a long time it was believed that the McLaren P13 would be the next sports car to come out of Woking. Details on the "baby" McLaren have been rather confusing, but now that the 650S is already in production, things are finally starting to take shape.
Aimed at the Porsche 911, the P13 will go into production next year with a de-tuned, 3.8-liter, V-8 engine under the hood. The unit will deliver around 450 horsepower, which is nearly 200 horses less than the 650S. Pricing will be reduced as well, with the 911 fighter to retail for about $200,000, making it cheaper than the outgoing MP4-12C.
A smaller price tag also signals that the P13 will feature less carbon-fiber body parts compared to the 650S. According to Top Gear, the body will be mostly aluminum, although McLaren has yet to decide what processes will be used to make the vehicle’s panels.
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Now that McLaren started producing the new P1, its focus now moves to the long-rumored P13 — the company’s response to the Porsche 911 Turbo and others like it. AutoExpress managed to get its hands on few more interesting bits about the P13, including its output and pricing.
The next P13 will be entry-level McLaren model, and it will borrow design cues from the P1. It is expected to feature P1-style wraparound headlights with LED strips underneath and, of course, the two hood vents that give it that signature Mc:Laren look.
The P13 will sit on the same carbon-fiber monocoque as the 12C and P1, but its wheelbase will be shorter, making it more compact than its big brothers. These smaller dimensions will equate to lower weight and awesome agility.
Under its hood, Auto Express reports that the P13 will carry the same 3.8-liter, turbocharged V-8 engine as the 12C, but McLaren will detuned it to 450 horsepower — a reduction of 166 horsepower.
Despite the horsepower reduction, McLaren expects fantastic performance, thanks to its curb weight that will be below 12C’s 1,434 kg (3161-pound) curb weight. Giving up more than 350 pounds to the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo means that it will likely be a mean competitor for the German pedigree.
Expect the new McLaren P13 to be unveiled in late 2014 and to go on sale in 2015. Auto Express is reporting that the P13 will check in at £120,000 (about $193,500 at the current exchange rates).
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Two days ago, we brought you a series of spy shots that we believe it were images for an upcoming facelift for the MP4-12C. However, there is now rumbling that those were actually of a mule for the upcoming McLarenP13, which is rumored to arrive in 2014 as a competitor for the Porsche 911, the new Mercedes GT sports car and the Audi R8.
According to a McLaren spokesman, via a report from Auto Express , the mule is testing some mechanical parts from the new entry-level model, the P13. Our spy photographers were lucky enough to catch what looks to be the same car near Nurburgring, but unfortunately the weather did not permit much testing. Now the real question is whether this is the P13 mule or a revision to the 12C Spyder, what do you think?
Rumors suggest that the P13 sports car will be powered by a de-tuned version of the twin-turbo V-8 engine used in the 12C with an output kept close to 500 horsepower.
The model will be priced at about $200k and McLaren hopes to sell around 2,000 to 2,500 units per year globally.