Only a week before the doors open to this year’s Geneva Motor Show, McLaren has released official pictures and performance specs on its new hypercar. Differing only slightly from the concept version shown in Paris last September, the P1 promises to be one of the most devastating performance machines ever made. The main difference between this final version and the Paris show car lies in the air vents at the corners of the front bumper that aid in cooling and optimize downforce.
We can confirm that only 375 examples will be built, making the P1 one of the most exclusive supercars of modern times. That number is still more than three times the amount of the P1’s predecessor, the legendary McLaren F1, though we’re sure seeing one in your neck of the woods will still be an extremely rare sight, unless you happen to live in Monaco or Dubai.
Top speed electronically limited to 217 mph
Moving on to performance, the P1 will be able to accelerate to 60 mph from rest in under 3.0 seconds, pass 124 mph in under 7.0 seconds, and close on 186 mph in no more than 17 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 217.5 mph.
So it won’t outmatch current supercars like the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and Koenigsegg Agera R in straightline speed, but that isn’t really the point as McLaren has sought to make its P1 one of the fastest road-legal cars around a race track.
As already announced, the McLaren P1 will have the combined force of two highly-efficient powerplants: a V-8 engine and electric motor. They offer a mix of insane throttle response, day-to-day drivability and top speed thanks to various driving modes including electric only, gasoline only and combined hybrid modes.
Yes, the P1 is a hybrid supercar, providing a combined output of 903 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque.
Its V-8 engine is an upgraded version of the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter M838T unit built by Ricardo and currently fitted to the MP4-12C, and in the P1 delivers 727 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque on its own. The electric motor adds 176 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, all of which can be drawn on by pressing the “IPAS” (Instant Power Assist System) button on the car’s steering wheel.
Price for the McLaren P1 is set at $1.15 Million.