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McLaren Dishes The Dirt On Its P1 Supercar

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McLaren's P1 plug-in hybrid supercar - image: McLaren

McLaren’s P1 plug-in hybrid supercar – image: McLaren

Though we’re now just one week away from the reveal of McLaren’s P1 supercar, the company has decided to go public with the remainder of the car’s stats, including performance numbers and U.K. pricing.

McLaren's P1 plug-in hybrid supercar - image: McLaren

McLaren’s P1 plug-in hybrid supercar – image: McLaren

We’ve already told you that the P1’s plug-in hybrid drive system will generate a truly impressive 903 horsepower and 663 pound feet of torque, but McLaren hadn’t released any performance numbers to make those stats relevant. Now the company says the P1 will sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3.0 seconds and will hit 300 km/h (186 mph) from a standing start in less than 17 seconds, on the way to an electronically-limited top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).

McLaren's P1 plug-in hybrid supercar - image: McLaren

McLaren’s P1 plug-in hybrid supercar – image: McLaren

McLaren says the P1 will get to 300 km/h five seconds quicker than the firm’s original F1 supercar, which remains astonishingly quick today, some 15 years after production ended. Backing up this performance potential are Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires developed specifically for the P1 by Pirelli, and a braking system designed for the P1 by Akebono. The material used in the car’s carbon-ceramic rotors was previously used in the space program, and the P1 represents its first use in an automotive application.

McLaren's P1 plug-in hybrid supercar - image: McLaren

McLaren’s P1 plug-in hybrid supercar – image: McLaren

To ensure exclusivity, McLaren is only building 375 P1s throughout the car’s production run (which is still over 3.5 times the number of F1 supercars constructed). In the U.K., the car will be priced from 866,000 pounds (roughly $1,313,000), excluding the fitted luggage and any bespoke options ordered through McLaren Special Operations. There’s no word yet on whether or not the car will be offered in the United States, and if so, at what price.

McLaren's P1 plug-in hybrid supercar - image: McLaren

McLaren’s P1 plug-in hybrid supercar – image: McLaren

If you’re still not sold on the car’s organic styling, you can blame the people who are serious about buying one. McLaren surveyed potential owners after the concept was shown last September, and the near-universal opinion was “don’t change a thing.” We’ll admit that the P1’s looks have grown on us, but we’d still rather park an original McLaren F1 in our own collection.

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