With the 2012 Paris Motor Show around the corner, rumors of the McLaren P12 supercar’s specifications are coming out of the woodwork. The spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 is scheduled to make its official debut at the show, and could be sporting 963-hp.
Back in January, we reported that the P12 will add KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) to the 3.8-liter V8 from the MP4-12C. It is now believed that the P12 will have 803-hp from its powerplant at an impressive 9100 rpm, while the KERS electric assist will add an additional 160-hp. Combine that with the fact that the P12 is supposed to weigh less than 2,700 lbs and it’ll indeed be a worthy successor to the F1.
More importantly, however, is that the British automaker is focusing on how well well the P12 will handle, rather than boasting top-speed numbers – the P12 is reported to have a respectable 239-mph top speed. If rumors are to be believed, McLaren has already lit up the Silverstone Circuit out in England. The P12 has bested the record for a street car by an astonishing 24 seconds.
Thankfully we don’t have much longer to wait to find out if these specifications are true, but if they are, McLaren will truly have built a supercar for the generations.