New £120k P13 to launch in 2015, complete with twin-turbocharged V8 power and claimed Porsche 911 Turbo-beating performance
27 January 2014

The new McLaren P13 will provide a technical lead over rivals from Porsche and Ferrari, new company chief executive Mike Flewitt has pledged.

The P13 will cost £120,000 when it goes on sale, and will be revealed in time for the Geneva motor show next year. Developed as a rival for the likes of the Porsche 911, it will sit below the 12C in McLaren's line-up, acting as an entry-level model.

Like its siblings, the P13 will use a carbonfibre composite chassis and a version of McLaren’s Ricardo-built, ultra-compact twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 engine, producing between 450bhp and 500bhp. The engine will be coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, with the P13 promising a 0-60mph time of less than four seconds and a top speed of about 185mph. 

That same engine and chassis have already been confirmed for use in a new stripped-out version of the 12C, which will launch later this year, and is likely to be used in McLaren's proposed new supercar, the P15, scooped by Autocar last week. The development of those models coincides with McLaren chairman Ron Dennis's plan to launch "something of substance" from the firm every year.

The P13's dimensions will make it smaller and lighter than the 1400kg 12C. 
It will be positioned 
as a “pure driver’s car” that 
will improve on the 12C’s already impressive driving dynamics but not compete with it on outright performance. McLaren has already confirmed the production model won't use the P13 name.

The car's styling is believed to be strongly influenced by the McLaren P1, with the 12C also likely to take on a P1-inspired design in the future.

McLaren is planning an annual production target of between 2000 and 2500 units for the P13. This total will go on to include several derivatives of the P13 coupé, including a Spider variant and a stripped-out, extra-performance version along the lines of the Porsche 911 GT3. McLaren says by then its total output should exceed 4000 cars per year.

Once all P13 versions are in production, McLaren Automotive expects to be generating “solid profits” for its backers, who have contributed start-up funds of close to 
£500 million, allowing an 
£80 million budget for research and development and model renewal. Development of the P13 was factored into McLaren Automotive's costs and business plan from the start, meaning the car is able to be offered at a lower price point than the £176,000 12C coupé.

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27 January 2014
Before anyone crticizes Mclaren for selling the same car in different 'flavours' for differing amounts of money, remember this is the business model Porsche followed for years and is not that dissimilar fromC-class/3 Series trim level models. No-one says a 316 is the same as an M3, or a 912 was the same as a 930 Turbo.

27 January 2014
In the 60's Porsche had the 911E, T , S and 912 concurrently on sale. Then came along the stripped out RS in the early 70's. Aside of the 912, they were all known as a "911". They all had the same body, so no pretensions of another car (different design/concept). The 912 was just a 911 with a cheaper (different) engine. I think the proposed McLaren lineup is a somewhat different situation. Different body styling & model names, while using the same basic architecture & drivetrain. Differentiation in performance thanks to turbo boost and equipment. They make a great car, but they need the volume to make the business case for them to survive, so good luck to them.

27 January 2014
Overdrive wrote:
bomb wrote:
How will this less powerful car claim to offer 911 Turbo rivaling performance when the 12C only just nicely beats it now?
I was wondering the same thing. In fact, I'm not sure if the 12C does beat the 911 Turbo, at least not the 'S' version. I'd say they're probably on a par, performance wise. Still, gotta admire McLaren's confidence in bringing out another new model, especially considering how little road car track record (no pun intended) they've got.
You can see from this video that the 12C would be substantially faster from a rolling start. But considering the projected power output, McLaren will need to keep the P13 well under the 1400kg level if they don't want to get smoked by the next Nissan GT-R and 911 Turbo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agq4je0XICA
Autocar wrote:
The P13's dimensions will make it smaller and lighter than the 1400kg 12C
McLaren state that the 12C has a mass of 1474kg, not 1400kg.

27 January 2014
concinnity wrote:
Before anyone crticizes Mclaren for selling the same car in different 'flavours' for differing amounts of money, remember this is the business model Porsche followed for years and is not that dissimilar fromC-class/3 Series trim level models. No-one says a 316 is the same as an M3, or a 912 was the same as a 930 Turbo.
Right, I am now expecting a McLaren hot hatch and a McLaren people carrier using same engine and tub. McLaren is selling them as different models, as opposed to different versions of same model (as the 316 and the M3 are). The 7 series and the 3 series are different models. They might succeed (it's VAG Group business model, after all...) but, please, do not try to sell us the idea they are bespoke cars. It's the same car, economy of scale rules.

27 January 2014
Sure.. but a version of the 12C using the P13's chassis and engine? That's surely a little too much, even though they're basically the same thing anyway. And how can this be that much smaller than the 12C, given that they use basically the same engine and chassis?

27 January 2014
Blah, blah, blah. What are they thinking of, blah blah. Blah blah, 4 cars using the same basic architecture.. blah blah. Blah blah blah.

 

 

 

27 January 2014
How will this less powerful car claim to offer 911 Turbo rivaling performance when the 12C only just nicely beats it now? Having the same basic structure underpinning all their current cars does not bother me at all as it's basically what most others have been doing for years anyway, why the fuss?


27 January 2014
bomb wrote:
How will this less powerful car claim to offer 911 Turbo rivaling performance when the 12C only just nicely beats it now?
I was wondering the same thing. In fact, I'm not sure if the 12C does beat the 911 Turbo, at least not the 'S' version. I'd say they're probably on a par, performance wise. Still, gotta admire McLaren's confidence in bringing out another new model, especially considering how little road car track record (no pun intended) they've got.

27 January 2014
bomb wrote:
How will this less powerful car claim to offer 911 Turbo rivaling performance when the 12C only just nicely beats it now?
My only guess would be weight, with the 911 turbo being a bit on the portly side at 1670kg. if Mclaren can bring this car in at around 1300kg with the same mid 500's horsepower the 911 turbo has, it should easily outstrip it.

27 January 2014
Introducing the cheaper p13 sounds like a clever way for McLaren to introduce a price cut without alienating existing customers who have purchased the 12C. Any why not? Sales of the 12C will have paid for most of the development costs of these models, leaving McLaren in the position where it can sell the P13 at a keen price and still retain a good margin. Of course if the company really want to expand, then there is probably no option but to follow the SUV route like Porsche. Then again by restricting sales to a few thousand annual units, maybe McLaren don't need to worry about achieving a low corporate average fuel consumption - presumably they just have to pay the fines for non compliance?

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