It was a nice thought while it lasted.
McLaren has made clear its expansion plans in that it wants to launch a new model every year for the foreseeable future. While that new model could simply be a roadster or hard-core track version of an existing model, it’s still better than waiting years between the F1 and the MP4-12C. And just a couple weeks ago did McLaren design chief Frank Stephenson mention that he’d also like to build a Volkswagen Golf competitor? He expressed his desire to do "a car like the VW Golf for 30 to 40,000 Euros, but for McLaren with a carbon fiber monocoque."
Turns out that statement was complete bullshit. Although Stephenson did in fact say that, a McLaren official denied this was the plan. "Actually it was not really news and Frank Stephenson said that more on a joke tone…McLaren has no plans to create and build a car in the C-segment." Instead, McLaren confirmed that it is currently at work developing its Porsche 911 and Audi R8 fighter, which is due to arrive sometime in 2015. Rumored to be called the P13, this mid-engined high-performance machine will be the UK brand’s so-called entry-level model. Power will likely come from a version of the 12C’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8. McLaren simply won’t build anything smaller, less powerful or cheaper than this.