Report: McLaren Developing Entry-Level P13, Faster P15

McLaren will augment its lineup with an entry-level P13 and a more powerful P15 car. According to Autocar, the P13 will be a Porsche 911-rivalling affordable model, while the P15 will slot between the existing 12C supercar and the wild McLaren P1 hypercar.

We reported on the possibility of a so-called baby McLaren 12C (pictured), now codenamed the P13, which could be produced in batches of up to 2500 per year. Autocar says development of the car is well underway, and that the carbon-fiber model will be a "pure driver's car" that weighs less than 3000 pounds. A version of McLaren's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 will produce between 450 and 500 hp, and will mate to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

As we reported previously, the P13 will have its wheelbase, lower carbon-fiber body shell, and chassis in common with the McLaren 12C. It should appear in 2015, and Autocar says as soon as at that year's Geneva auto show. After that, we can reportedly expect to see a topless Spider model and a stripped-out, track-ready variant. Pricing for the McLaren P13 -- the name will not be used on the production car -- is expected to start at the equivalent of $200,000.

Also in the cards is the McLaren P15, which will be an in-betweener that splits the difference between the existing 12C and P1 models. Autocar reports that it is, "quite a long way off," but that the P15 could cost around $660,000 and will have a mid-mounted turbocharged engine. Exact specifications and details haven't yet been announced, as the car is reportedly too far from actual production.

It's unclear at this point whether either of these models was developed with help from Honda. In August, reports suggested that Honda and McLaren would work together on developing road cars as an extension of their work on Formula 1 racing.

OpenGrill
$200,000 seems hardly what I would call affordable.

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