As we get closer to the Geneva Motor Show where the new, second-generation McLaren Super Series known to us as the McLaren P14 is going to be revealed, the British automaker releases more details about the car to get us all revved up about it. They just announced the P14 will boast not the current 3.8 liter but a new 4.0 liter M840T turbo V8.
They are so proud of this engine, they have built an illumination system in the engine bay of McLaren P14 so every time you unlock the car the motor lights up and makes you look at it. That’s neat, but when it comes to engine we are more interested in the power and performance than their aesthetics. Fortunately, the P14’s new V8 does not disappoint in that aspect. While the official power and torque ratings are still closely guarded secrets, McLaren has revealed the M840T enables the new Super Series to accelerate from standstill to 200km/h (124mph) in just 7.8 second and run the standing quarter mile in 10.3 seconds – pretty impressive figures indicating some serious firepower.
Another area McLaren P14 has improved is the exhaust note, a point of criticism that bugged the 12C and the 650S throughout their lifetimes. To address the issue satisfactorily in the new car the 4.0 liter V8 motor, which by the way features ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers, is equipped with a completely new exhaust system that according to McLaren delivers a sonorous and crisp sound, building up crescendo all the way through the rev range until it reaches an orgasmic pitch near the redline. An even louder system will also be available as optional extra.