McLaren has officially ended the production of the 12C, replaced it with the 650S, and is rapidly building the remaining P1s they have pre-sold. But the development team is hardly at rest, as the work is in full swing on the McLaren P13 – the baby McLaren, their Porsche 911 fighter.
New details have now emerged on the McLaren P13, revealing the car’s base pricing and specifications. The P13 will reportedly cost from £125,000, which is about 50 grand more than the base 911, and more close to the 911 Turbo. Despite that, the P13 will be nowhere near as powerful as the Turbo.
To be powered by a low-boost version of the 650S’ 3.8 liter V8, the P13 will get less than 500 horsepower – more like 450 – and it will be rear-wheel-drive only. What’s more, the P13 will boast a carbon fiber monocell with the engine in the middle aluminum body panels. So it will be in fact a very different car than its main rival.
The transmission, the suspension and the electronics will be identical to the 12C and 650S. The P13 will have top-notch quality and impeccable ride comfort; characteristics shared by all McLaren products.
As for the styling, the design of the P13 will be finalized over the next few days. McLaren is still deciding between two different models, trying to work out which one will ensure a higher quality rather than which will be prettier. McLaren P13 is poised to become the brand’s best-selling model, so they should spend more effort on the looks.