McLaren’s perennial teasing of the new P1 supercar – which makes its formal production debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March – continues. This time,
We last learned the P1’s driveline consists of a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 paired with an electric motor and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. According to McLaren, the V-8 engine itself produces 727 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque, but in partnership with the electric motor, the hybrid-electric driveline yields a whopping 903 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Given the car is almost entirely built from carbon fiber, we suspected the P1 would be fast – but now we have the official confirmation.
McLaren’s preliminary numbers suggest the new P1 can blitz from 0-62 mph in “less than three seconds,” while a 0-124 mph run should take no more than seven seconds. Rocketing from a standstill to 186 mph can be accomplished in “no more than 17 seconds” – and if that figure holds true, the P1 should be roughly 5 seconds quicker to that mark than the legendary McLaren F1 road car (EDIT: McLaren originally claimed 11 seconds quicker than the F1). For further context, the McLaren MP4-12C coupe blasts from 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds and 0-124 mph in 8.8 seconds.
Should you have enough room to fully stretch the P1’s legs, you may reach an electronically-limited top speed of 218 mph – which, for the record, is nine mph faster than the MP4-12C. Braking distances have yet to be disclosed, but McLaren does note the carbon ceramic brake hardware is sourced from Akebono. The carbon ceramic material used here is allegedly borrowed from the aerospace industry, and is unlike other carbon ceramic brake material employed on any previous road car.
Acceleration figures aren’t the only important numbers McLaren released today. The automaker also announced P1 production volumes will be limited to a scant 375 cars worldwide. The P1 will be sold and federalized for road use in the United States, but at one hefty price: $1.15 million. McLaren says the P1 has no option list per se, but a list of “bespoke content” – i.e. fitted luggage, personalized interior/ exterior trim, etc. – that can be added through its Special Operations wing.
Even with that stratospheric price tag, we won’t be the least bit surprised if it sells like it accelerates: bloody quickly.