When a batch of spy shots from our trusty paparazzi hits our inbox, we usually get photos of the latest mule or prototype of a future car. This time around, however, we received a special treat in the form of four rare Mercedes-McLaren supercars worth in excess of $3 million. Specifically, our spy photographers spotted three SLR Stirling Moss cars and an SLR Roadster 722 S in one place. There’s no info as to how these gorgeous supercars got together, but it looks like an owner’s meeting of some sort. And given these two models were built in very limited quantities, this is a rare occurrence.
As a refresher, the SLR Stirling Moss and the Roadster 772 S, both based on the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, were launched in 2009. Inspired by the classic 300 SLR race car, the Stirling Moss was dedicated to the famed Scottish driver and featured a supercharged V-8 engine rated at 640 horsepower. All 75 units were offered only to SLR owners. The Roadster 722 S, also built to honor Stirling Moss, was a limited edition of the 722 coupe. Production was limited to only 150 examples, which were sold to carefully selected customers.
Considering the SLR Stirling Moss sold for over $800,000 and the Roadster 722 S fetched at least $500,000 at launch, the pack of Mercs you’re looking at was worth more than $3 million back in 2009, and likely a lot more six years later.
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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.
McLaren unveiled the MP4-12C back in 2011 and it looks like the car is already about to receive its second revision. The first revision took place for the 2013 model year and the changes were very slight. This time around, the changes will likely be a little more noticeable and our our spy photographers caught one of there revised MP4-12C prototypes testing at Nurburgring under camo.
Since this camouflage only hides the car’s front end, we expect to see changes to the front bumper and headlights. Rumors also suggest that McLaren will offer a small power boost for the twin-turbocharged V-8. The current MP4-12C delivers a total of 625 horsepower and we expect to see updated version to deliver somewhere in the 650-horsepower area.
Expect to see the revised MP4-12C unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, with sales to begin shortly after.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MP4-12C.
Should we be surprised about McLaren’s decision to offer a more powerful version for its new P1 supercar? We certainly aren’t. Ever since the McLaren revealed the P1, it has been touting an upgraded hybrid system will deliver more than it does in the base version.
Today, our spy photographers caught a very strange P1 prototype testing at Nϋrburgring that It wears "XP2R" lettering and it was marked as a prototype vehicle. Obviously, this is no ordinary P1. Could it be a spiritual successor for the McLaren F1 LM?
We know very few details on the new P1 XP2R version, but rumbling in the industry indicates that it will deliver more power than the current P1. This current P1uses a hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with an electric motor for a total power figure of 903 horsepower and an estimated 1,100 pound-feet of torque.
If this prototype becomes a reality, you can bet that McLaren will build the X2PR in limited numbers. We’ll get back with more details on this special XP2R as soon as we have them. Stay tuned!
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Are you supercar enthusiasts ready to get excited? We sure are. What we have here is a set of spy shots of the Mclaren F1 successor — A.K.A the Mclaren P1. The prototype has dropped the heavy camouflage so it is easier to spot some of the upcoming design elements.
From the spy shots, the design of the mule is nearly the same as the radical design the concept featured in Paris. This means we can expect the head-turning design of the concept to be carried into the production model.
The power output of the P1 is still in rumorland, but some sources speculate that a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, developed in partnership with Ricardo, will power the P1. Other sources state that the 3.8-liter V-8 combined with a KERS system will be the powertrain of choice. With that wide of a gap beween the rumors, we’ll take them both with a grain of salt.
Just like the Mclaren P1, its scorn rivals — the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari F70 – are in their development phase. The 918 is just about finished up, but the F70 still seems to be a long ways away. WE already know that the 918 Spyder will approach the $1 million mark and we expect much of the same from the P1 and the F70. That price tag is not surprising for a car that is manufactured using carbon fiber, slated to be the F1 successor and expected to topple the best of the automotive world.
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McLaren is preparing to unveil the concept version of the P1 supercar at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, with the production version arriving sometime in 2013. That being said, it looks as though the concept will be an almost exact representation of the production model, at least according to these leaked patent drawings of the 2013 P1.
As you can see from these images, the production version P1 will feature minimal changes when compared to the concept that will be displayed in Paris. The only differences we see are the additional intakes placed ahead of the front wheels and the new additions at the rear of the car, consisting of a new rear diffuser, modified tail-lights, and a huge retractable rear spoiler that will most likely help deliver improved aerodynamics.
Under the hood, the P1 is rumored to get a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine combined with a KERS energy storage system for a total output of 800 HP. McLaren already announced that the P1 is not aiming to be the fastest car in the world, so we do not expect to see the same performance numbers as seen on its predecessor, the F1. McLaren just hopes to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit.
McLaren has already confirmed that a successor for the legendary F1 supercar will be unveiled sometime in 2013. Codenamed the MP4-27, this future supercar has been caught testing a few times, and based on those images, we have prepared a new rendering.
As for the inner workings of the MP4-27, rumors say it will share a similar carbon Monocell structure as the MP4-12C and will be powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine combined with a KERS energy storage system. So, for those that were hoping to see a V12 under the supercar’s hood, forget it; McLaren has confirmed that none of its future models will get V12 engines. However, even with a V8 engine under the hood, the MP4-12C will deliver impressive performance: 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds!
The McLaren MP4-27 will be built in a limited number of 300-500 units and will be priced somewhere in the $1 million area.
The press days for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show are now over and in the midst of the McLaren MP4-12C stealing the show in terms of tuning packages, McLaren is already working on another supercar: the replacement for the legendary McLaren F1.
Known as the MP4-27, or the Mega-Mac, the new supercar was revealed by a Thai edition of CAR magazine. This is surely just a rendering of the car, but it will definitely help get a good picture of what’s to come. The new MP4-27 was designed by McLaren;s Design Chief, Frank Stephenson, and is believed to feature a very futuristic appearance. Under the hood, McLaren will be placing an upgraded version of the MP4-12C’s 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 engine which will have its output pushed closer to 800 HP.
The official debut for the new McLaren MP4-27 will be made this May at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix, but sales won’t begin until later in 2014.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that after six years of development, the McLaren MP4-12C gets a rather disappointing - considering McLaren’s formidable reputation for speed - 7:28 Nurburgring lap time, the vehicle also has to deal with the safety issues that have recently plagued its existence. But fear not, McLaren followers, the company has already started to work its way past these problems and have even laid out a number of variants that will hopefully hit the market at a faster rate with better results.
We all know McLaren will update the software needed to fix the issues and we find ourselves to be a group of rather positive and forgiving people, so instead of focusing on the mess McLaren has gotten themselves in, we’re going to look towards their future success stories. We don’t exactly know which model the market will be privy to first, but McLaren has three variants in their automotive pockets to dazzle the crowds in their chosen auto show: the McLaren MP4-12C Spider, the McLaren MP4-12C GT version, and the new successor for the F1 supercar, being called the McLaren MegaMac. We’ve come up with renderings for all three to provide an insight past the drama.
Hit the jump to get details on McLaren’s three new MP4-12C variants.
It’s not the best of photos, but then again, that’s how most spy photos are these days.
Nevertheless, any sign of the GT3 version of the McLaren MP4-12C is good enough reason for us to take whatever photo we can get of it. Technical details of the car are still closed inside the envelope, but from the looks of things, the MP4-12C GT3 prototype means some serious business.
Reports have gone around that the Woking-based supercarmaker is collaborating with British racing company CRS in the development of the supercar, which is rumored to be making its debut in a couple of years time with 2012 being the most likely date for its arrival.
You’re going to need to squint your eyes to notice it, but if you’ve got a sharp eye, you’ll see that the MP4-12C’s air intakes have been closed off. Clearly more visible though is the air duct found right smack in the center of the hood and a pretty enormous wing spoiler at the back.
We’re getting all giddy just thinking about what this prototype can do in a competitive setting, but if it can even come close to what the original McLaren F1 racer was capable of, then the boys at McLaren just might have another winner on their hands.
British supercar maker McLaren and the Turin Instituto Europeo di Design recently collaborated on a project designed to give IED students the opportunity to create their own concept vehicle that could potentially find its way into the Woking production facility in 2020. The requirements for each designer was simple: design a hybrid, mid-engined four-wheel drive SUV that’s based on a McLaren chassis and has enough space to accommodate two people.
Each of the 33 participating designers had the opportunity to pick the minds of McLaren designers and engineers at the automaker’s headquarters. After completing their design proposals, McLaren and the IED went out and selected the 11 best designs that were put in the “further development” category. In the end, three models stood out from the rest with the designs for these concepts getting the green light to be produced via a 1:4 scale model. The three concepts that made it this far include the Holon, the Bio Renovatio, and the Torok.
The collaboration between McLaren and the IED gave the school’s students the opportunity to work with an esteemed automaker like McLaren. The attention-to-detail required in this line of work was an eye-opening experience for all the designers.
“McLaren is known for its attention to design detail,” said IED director Cesar Mendoza. “Everything is for a reason and that is what we wanted our teams to understand. Then, in order to heighten the quality of the final works presented, we chose virtual presentation, including animation, that enables us even to test the movements of the parts."
Check out the concepts in the photo gallery and let us know which one you like best. You can also have a look at a couple of videos after the jump featuring some of the concepts entered in the competition.
It seems that McLaren is pretty busy preparing the market debut for their latest sports car, theMP4-12C. The MP4-12C may be getting its covers ripped off in Paris, but in the USA, 12 prototypes are being put to the test in the blazing heat of Arizona!
The prototypes are beating the roads between Lake Havasu City - where the team was based - and the town of Flagstaff, further west in Arizona in order to test the capability of the super car on a mixture of driving surfaces. During these tests, the McLaren has a 28-strong team of engineers, technicians, and vehicle development partners which alternated the test vehicles, running two VP cars and one XP car everyday and night over three weeks. We just hope that the prototypes were able to withstand the 155 degrees Fahrenheit Mother Nature was beating down on them!
In the USA, the MP4-12C will be sold in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Miami and Toronto. McLaren will also be announcing retailers for Newport Beach in Orange County, California, and Philadelphia very soon.
Press release after the jump.
At the Nurburgring Nordshleife Public day, the awe inspiring SLR Stirling Moss edition turned up to do a lap or two of the infamous Nordschleife, a very noble cause considering the many dangers on the Northloop, and the whopping 750k euro price tag.
The car was inspired by the 1955 300 SLR that Moss guided to the Mille Miglia record of ten hours & seven minutes and 48 seconds.
The power unit consists of a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 from the SLR 722 edition, meaning there’s a whopping 641bhp and 605lb ft, taking the speedster to 62mph in sub 3.5sec and onto a Vmax of 217mph.
The performance is a level above that of the rest of the Mercedes McLaren range thanks to a handy weight loss regime, including a carbon fiber body shedding approximately 200kg from the Standard SLR.
Owners will be able to personally compare the two, as the 75 Stirling Moss editions are only available to current SLR owners.
It rounds off production of the SLR – the best selling supercar ever, at around 1700 units.
It’s also the end of the McMerc supercar partnership – the Germans are going their own way with theSLS and McLaren is making its first independent car since the legendary F1 in the form of the MP4-12C.