McLaren Reveals Plans for New Supercar

We’ve seen spy shots of McLaren’s new supercar running around for some time now, but the company recently outlined its plans for selling the new car.

The new mid-engine supercar from McLaren (codenamed P11) will go on sale in 2011, with variations of the car planned for sale at a later date. Initially, the company is hoping to sell around 1000 cars annually, but hopes to increase its output to 4000 cars per year by 2015. That total will be split between the P11 and an additional model range that’s still under wraps.

McLaren is still a bit secretive about the P11’s technical specifications, but the rumormill suggests it will be powered by a modified V-8 sourced from Mercedes-Benz. The car will be approximately the same size as a Ferrari F430, and we’d expect the final product to carry a similar power-to-weight ratio.

According to Anthony Shiff, managing director of McLaren Automotive, the new car “is not manufactured like any [other] supercar,” and will subsequently carry a premium pricetag. Autocar suggests the P11 will start at approximately €100,000 ($131,700) when it reaches the market in 2011.

McLaren Automotive, led by ex-Formula One team principal Ron Dennis, will build the cars, although it presently lacks an assembly plant. The firm plans to build a new facility, although it hasn’t settled an exact location.

Source: Autocar

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