McLaren has officially revealed full details of the P1 supercar, ahead of its global debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
The McLaren P1 will carry a hefty price tag of 866,000 GBP (1,313,000 USD or 1,004,800 EUR), making it one of the most expensive supercars in the market. Originally, McLaren planned to build 500 units of the P1 but final numbers have been reduced to only 375 cars, a decision made by McLaren’s executive chairman Ron Dennis, after consultation with potential customers who were more concerned about the P1’s exclusivity rather than its performance.
At the heart of the mid-engined P1 is a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 power plant producing 542 kW (737 hp) at 7,500 rpm and 720 Nm of torque from 4,000 rpm. This is combined with an electric motor adding an extra 132 kW (179 hp) and 260Nm of torque. In total, the McLaren P1 has a combined power output of 674 kW (916 hp) and 900 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed twin-clutch Graziano gearbox.
The P1’s electric motor can be manually activated via a button on the steering wheel called IPAS (Instant Power Assist System). When turned on, the P1 will have the throttle response of a normally aspirated engine. Another button on the steering wheel called DRS (Drag Reduction System) can be used to lower the angle of the rear wing to reduce drag by up to 23 percent. The P1 tips the scale at only 1,400 kg thanks to a chassis made entirely out of carbon fibre.
With IPAS switched on, the P1 will rocket from 0 to 100 kph in a blistering 2.8 seconds, while 0-200 kph is accomplished in under seven seconds. It will go on to hit 300 kph in just 17 seconds. Top speed is limited to 350 kph.
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