New details on McLaren’s new baby supercar

British car firm McLaren have revealed details on their upcoming supercar. The car is currently dubbed the McLaren P13 while still in development, and will act as the companies entry-level car. It is set to revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next year.

McLaren say that the P13 will cost around £120,000 once it goes on sale, £50,000 less than its big sister the 12C, putting the baby McLaren in direct competition with the likes of Porsche’s 911 Turbo, the Audi R8 V10, and the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. However, McLaren chief executive Mike Flewitt has claimed the P13 will provide a technical lead over its rivals.

The P13 will take design cues from the P1 Hypercar - Picture supplied by Norbert Aepli

The P13 will take design cues from the P1 Hypercar – Picture supplied by Norbert Aepli

It’s said the P13 will use the same 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that’s used in both the 12C and the P1, which is estimated to produce around 450bhp to 500bhp, and will be coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. McLaren say the P13 will hit 0-60mph in under 4 seconds, and onto a top speed of around 185mph. The P13 will also feature a lightweight carbonfibre composite chassis, similar to the other McLaren’s, and sports smaller dimensions than the 12C, making it safe to say it will be lighter than it’s 1400kg sister.

McLaren are also planning Spider variants, as well as stripped-out performance models. This new car, along with the McLaren P15, which was also revealed to Autocar by Chief Executive Mike Flewitt earlier this year, seem to fit with McLaren chairman Ron Dennis’ plans for the company to launch “something of substance” every year.

Written by Richard Geary

Sub-edited: Vincenzo Ferrara

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