McLaren Boss Shoots Down Hyper GT Rumor
Just last week we brought you news a rumor that McLaren was building a limited-edition model that wouldn’t be a successor to the iconic McLaren F1, but a modern interpretation of it. When the story went live on Autocar, the outlet released a number of renderings of what the car might look like. The rumor itself sounded quite promising and spawned a lot of public interest. That said, it should be no surprise that when the chance arose, journalists went straight to McLaren to get the scoop.
According to Car and Driver, McLaren Boss Mike Flewitt was asked all about it at the company’s recent financial results meeting. He offered up news on the rumor, but it was – unfortunately – not the news we were looking to hear. When asked about the Hyper GT, Flewitt’s reply was, “You get asked all the time. I regularly get asked for three seats and a V-12 and a manual gearbox. I just don’t think there’s a real business case to do one of those.” He continued, “I haven’t got six VIN numbers in my bottom drawer that we forgot to use, either. People often hark back to things that they’ve loved, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right thing to do now.”
He did express a little bit of humor over Autocar’s renderings, however, apparently suggesting in a joking way that he would replace McLaren’s design team with Autocar’s artists. While that is great for a good laugh, it’s still quite the letdown that we won’t be seeing a three-seater McLaren any time soon. Of course, we can still hold onto hope but, when it comes to seeing a modern F1 by 2018, I wouldn’t suggest holding your breath.
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.
Click past the jump to read more about McLaren’s future plans.
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.
Click past the jump to read more about the future McLaren P13.
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).
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1 — the model that inspired the P13.
If you are not impressed with the current McLaren P1, you should know it could get even more impressive, as the McLaren is considering a full bare-carbon-fiber option. This whole discussion stems from a client who is preparing to buy a P1 and while deciding what options he wanted on his model, he mistakenly believed that McLaren offered a full bare-carbon-fiber option at no cost.
Other companies charge upwards of $150,000 for this option, so how could McLaren pull it off for free? Well, the fact of the matter is that the customer was sadly mistaken, as there is no full bare-carbon-fiber option for the P1, let alone a free one.
When asked about this possibility, McLaren said that the company is indeed considering such an option because many customers have asked for it, but there is no way the company will offer it at no extra cost.
To date, McLaren offers the bare-carbon-fiber option at a no cost for the roof, front bumper section and the sections within the doors. This is likely where the customer became confused.
A final decision on a full-carbon-fiber option will be announced soon, as will the anticipated $100,000-plus price tag.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.
When it comes to the upcoming McLaren P1 we have seen it all, but we do not know any concrete details about it. How’s that? On one hand, we may say we know how it looks because we have seen a concept version of it, but we all know that the production version may feature a slightly different design. Additionally, everyone is speculating about its engine, but McLaren hasn’t released any final specifications just yet.
So you see, you may think you know a lot about the upcoming P1 supercar, but in fact none of us know any real details on it.
Despite the missing details, everyone has to agree that the P1 will be an amazing supercar according to what we saw with the concept, what McLaren promised us and what people who have tested the prototype version have said.
With this is mind you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that McLaren has been flooded with orders for their upcoming supercar. In fact, they have received so many requests that they are now ready to close the order book.
A McLaren owner who placed a deposit for the P1 suggested that the company had already taken deposits for about 120 units and will close order book in mid-February. We can’t be too sure what this means exactly, since initial details suggested McLaren plans to develop a total of 500 units.
From the looks of it, this closing of the books is just for the initial stage of ordering, but we can’t stop thinking that McLaren may have chosen to reduce the number of P1s it will manufacture. We also have to take into account that the buyer who passed on this information may be full of hooey. We’ll see…
Initial rumors on the upcoming McLaren F1 successor stated that it would be powered by the same 3.8-liter V8 engine found in the MP4-12C, but modified to deliver an impressive 800 HP. Now, Ferrari’s new Enzo is rumored to deliver somewhere around 1,000 HP, so it would only make sense that the F1 would deliver somewhere around the same power, and that is exactly what new reports are stating.
At the recently concluded Pebble Beach Concours, a very limited number of McLaren enthusiasts had the chance to see the first images of the new supercar - known as the P12. Shortly after this viewing, rumors began floating around that the future F1 successor would produce 1,000 HP. This new output would come from the MP4-12C’s 3.8 liter V8 engine delivering a total of 803 HP, in addition to the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) that would tack on another 160 HP, bringing the final output to 963 HP.
The 0 to 60 mph sprint is rumored to be made in 2.8 seconds, which is a little disappointing, as is the top speed which lands in at just 239 mph. For a sticker price of $1,390,000, we definitely would have expected more.
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Car lovers around the globe are anticipating the new McLaren performance machine, called the MP4-12C. A weird name for a car it might be, but given the company’s history, it’s sure to be something special. McLaren isn’t sitting by and waiting for the cash to roll in though, they’re planning on much more.
We know that McLaren is hoping to release three core models, with theMP4-12C leading the charge, followed by a hyper-car or a mid-level sports car like the Audi R8. What we didn’t know was that the company is also planning on a few more models.
McLaren is planning on releasing one new model each year for the next five years. Some of the new cars might be different variations of the MP4-12C, but who’s complaining about that? Remember the 430 Scuderia? Imagine that sort of thing, but on the MP4. Just thinking about it makes us all fluttery inside.