Shocking; that’s probably the best and most pun-laden way to describe McLaren’s new supercar.
The British sports car maker just announced that it has completed the first customer delivery, and in doing so is also finally releasing official performance figures. For starters, it will rocket from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in only 2.8 seconds, continuing to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8. It will also hit 186 mph (300 km.h) in only 16.5, which is 5.5 seconds faster than the F1 it succeeds.
“We designed the McLaren P1™ from the outset with one clear goal: to be the best driver’s car on road and track. The confirmation of the performance figures underlines this,” McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said today in a statement.
More than a year ago, when McLaren first unveiled its P1 during the Paris Motor Show, little was known about the car other than its looks. Specific output, 0-60 times and its preferred bedtime snack were all among the things McLaren was guarding like an infant. At the time, it wasn’t even clear if the model being shown was more than a rolling chassis. More information came to light a few months later during the Geneva Motor Show, but specific acceleration figures were as conspicuously absent as its preferred method for electricity production.
The company says it will run a standing quarter mile in only 9.8 seconds and can reach en electronically-limited speed of 217 mph.
As a refresher, the car uses a modified version of the 3.8-liter V8 powering its lesser relative: the MP4-12C. In this case, the powerplant and its electric powertrain companion offer a total 903 hp and can return 34 mpg combined. Bear in mind that the fuel consumption figure shouldn’t be taken very seriously because it isn’t based on U.S. gallons and that figure isn’t from the American test cycle.
But there was more information released today that can be taken literally. Braking from 62 mph happens in 2.9 seconds over 99 feet, while stopping from 124 takes 4.5 seconds and 380 feet. Screeching to a halt from 186 mph will take 6.2 seconds and 806 feet.
McLaren only plans to build 375 copies of the P1 and pricing starts at £866,000 (roughly $1.3 million).
GALLERY: McLaren P1
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