McLaren chief reveals the first details of a new McLaren supercar to sit between the 12C and P1 in its expanding line-up
24 January 2014

A new McLaren supercar to sit between the 12C and the P1 in an expanded line-up form the Woking firm is in the early stages development, McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt has confirmed to Autocar.

Although company officials say the model, referred to as P15, is still "quite a long way off", it's been confirmed that the car will use a mid-mounted turbocharged engine, likely to be a heavily revised version of the 12C's twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8. Also confirmed is the now-familiar carbonfibre tub chassis, which sits at the core of all McLaren's road cars.

McLaren won't reveal more, saying that as the P15 is so early into its development, technology is likely to change before the model arrives in showrooms. Therefore its exact engine specifications, materials and electronic systems are unknown.

Company sources are keeping tight-lipped about the P15's other details, with new McLaren chief executive Mike Flewitt only saying it will be different than the company's other planned new arrival, a Porsche 911 Turbo rival known as P13, in its purpose and character.

Pricing for the two models will also differ wildly, with the P15 likely to go on sale for around £400,000. By comparison, McLaren is pitching its P13 at a price point of £120,000.

With the P13 pitched to account for between 2000 and 2500 cars per year, McLaren will soon have an annual output of more than 4000 cars over two shifts.

Several derivatives of the P13 are planned, including a Spider version and a stripped-out, extra-performance variant along the lines of the Porsche 911 GT3. In total, McLaren has the capacity to build 6000 cars annually over three shifts a day, but says it could grow to 7000 units per year if needed, possibly with the arrival of a P15 later in the decade. 

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis has previously said the company will launch “something of substance” every year, and it has so far stuck to its plan. Joining the range this year will be an enhanced version of the 12C, which will be sold as a stand-alone model. That car has been developed to deliver on-road performance to rival the Ferrari 458 Speciale. The new model uses a modified version of the 12C's engine producing around 650bhp.

Flewitt has also hinted at a potential P1 successor in the long-term future, but said that a new game-changing range-topper would only be likely after battery and electric motor technology have taken significant leaps forward.

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24 January 2014
Come on, this is getting boring now. MP4, 3.8 V8. P1, turn up the wick and add a leccy motor. Entry level one, turn down the turbos. One between the MP4 and P1, turn up the turbos. Very Golf TDI, at least Ferrari gives you different engines and configurations.

24 January 2014
Agree with your point Cheltanhamshire. Also, how are McLaren going to justify the extra £200k for the P15 for what will be, I'm guessing, an extra 100bhp for a car that will have to run rings round the forthcoming 12C "Speciale" but not get too close to the P1's combined 900+ bhp and sheer handling brilliance. Of course it's not just about the power but it'll be interesting to see how McLaren answer the obvious question of how to position the P15. Which I'm 100% sure they will.

24 January 2014
Given that both the MP4-12C and P1 have slapped the established super cars across the face and given them a right royal bloody nose, let's wait and see what the P15 is like before we dismiss it.

24 January 2014
Symanski wrote:
Given that both the MP4-12C and P1 have slapped the established super cars across the face and given them a right royal bloody nose, let's wait and see what the P15 is like before we dismiss it.
My point does not dismiss the car per se (which I am sure will be brilliant but not as soulful as the equivalent Ferrari, sic) but the approach to the market. In the world of the super rich, a guy who can afford to lease / buy and then run a 12C can afford a car costing twice as much. A guy who has the means to run a £120k car can run a £200k one and so forth, especially when they are all the same thing (carbon tub) with a 3.8 V8 with between 450 and 750bhp. A £1million car is a different concept and hence why the MP4 and P1 make sense together. The Ferrari approach offers different engines and configurations which makes their range make more logical sense than Mclaren 's potential Russian doll range that would make Aston's look innovative.

25 January 2014
Symanski wrote:
Given that both the MP4-12C and P1 have slapped the established super cars across the face and given them a right royal bloody nose, let's wait and see what the P15 is like before we dismiss it.
This comment is quite premature and also false. The P1 hasn't even been tested against another car, and in almost every test I've read the 458 Italia beats the 12C.

25 January 2014
The Special One wrote:
Symanski wrote:
Given that both the MP4-12C and P1 have slapped the established super cars across the face and given them a right royal bloody nose,
This comment is quite premature and also false. The P1 hasn't even been tested against another car, and in almost every test I've read the 458 Italia beats the 12C.
The MP4-12C is 2.9s quicker round the Top Gear test track than the 458. And that wasn't the tweaked 2013 version either.

25 January 2014
That Top Gear test track time will make all the difference to those people driving London / Manchester / Edinburgh showing off how much money they have. No-one is doubting the engineering or performance but if Ron thinks having the same car with slightly different styling and power output spread across a range of price points only multi millionaires can reach anyway (thus being pointless) then he is wrong.

25 January 2014
According to Autocar, the 458 is the better car. According to Fifth Gear, not only it's the better car, but it's also quicker around a track. Evo arrived to same conclusions. And this is the british press. All across Europe results are even tougher for McLaren. Having said that, being their first attempt, results have been pretty good. Patriotism sometimes could be good (not for me, thanks), chauvinism can't. As simple as that. Top Gear doesn't look like the benchmark, IMHO, talking seriously about cars.

haz

24 January 2014
Maybe this is the replacement for the 12C? I prefer that idea. 4 cars in the lineup is too many I reckon, especially considering they all use the same engines, and sound the same, with similar platforms. Mclaren, please dont turn into Aston Martin.

24 January 2014
McLaren can't afford loss-leaders like the Veyron and the 918. They don't have VW or FIAT behind them offering all sorts of resources beyond mere money. Their current cars are pretty amazing for a newbie and we should wait to see what they come up with next before calling them Golfs. Pagani is comparable, but has so far had only one model, and their first had to last 12 years.

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