McLaren Hot Hatch a Possibility?

McLaren Hot Hatch a Possibility?

Could McLaren be considering a hot hatch to complement its model lineup?

It’s certainly a possibility, at least in the future, according to McLaren designer Frank Stephenson. In a recent interview with Autovisie, Stephenson went on the record to say, “I see a car like the VW Golf for 30 to 40,000 EUR ($40 to $50,000), but McLaren with a carbon fiber monocoque, to happen in the future.”

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Stephenson has plenty of experience designing hatchback models too, having put his touch on the MINI Cooper, Fiat 500 and the Alfa Romeo Mi.To. And of course Stephenson has played a major role in the design of the MP4-12C and P1 models.

But before we even have a chance of seeing a McLaren hatchback concept, the British automaker will be developing its P13 road car first. Expected to use the same 3.8-liter, twin-turbo engine found in the MP4-12C, the P13 is being developed to compete directly with the Porsche 911 Turbo with a price tag of around $180,000. Once McLaren has the P1, MP4-12C and P13 out on the market however, don’t be surprised if it turns its attention towards a more affordable, sporty hatchback.

[Source: Autovisie via Road & Track]

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