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2013-02-25 10:45

FLAGSHIP STATUS: McLaren's P1 will have a 3.8 twin-turbocharged engine along with an electric motor good for 673kW. It's expected to cost the equivalent of more than R10-million in Europe. R10m.

The new McLaren P1 is one of the most anticipated of cars and, since its unveiling at the 2012 Paris auto show, the automaker has some more details about the car.

The London Daily Mail reports that the new flagship will impress with 673kW while still being as eco-friendly as a family saloon.

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McLaren has confirmed the P1 will house a 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine good for 542kw at 7500rpm and 720Nm at 4000rpm, while the electric motor makes another 131kW. Together they have a combined torque of 900Nm.

With these figures the P1 sprints from zero to 100km/h in less than three seconds and reaches a top speed of more than 370km/h. The electric motor delivers a 10km range without emitting any carbon dioxide.


Thanks to the electric motor, the P1 will produce less then 200g/km - even better than a 2.4 Honda Accord. A Bugatti Veyron emits 559g/km and a Ferrari 458 about 307g/km.

McLaren Automotive executive chairman Ron Dennis said: “The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road-car heritage. Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the P1 is to redefine it once again."

McLaren’s managing director Antony Sheriff said: “Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit. It is the true test of a supercar's all round ability and a much more important technical statement.

"Our goal is to make the P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar yet made."


The car will be on display at the 2013 Geneva auto show from March 5 and will be ready for customers by the end of 2013. The estimated price: the equivalent of a whopping R10.7-million which puts the P1 above the existing 12C and 12C Spider in terms of price and performance..
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