Time to kick some Porsche 911 Turbo ass.
We’ve been hearing some rumors lately regarding the upcoming McLaren P13, the so-called entry-level model that’ll compete head-on with the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo. What we’ve known for some time is that it’ll be powered by the same, albeit detuned, version of the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 found in the 12C, 650S and the P1. It’ll be paired to the also familiar seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
But what really caught our interest was a report coming from Car and Driver claiming the P13 (likely not its final name) will debut sometime next year. We reached out to McLaren for comment and were told by global communications chief Wayne Bruce that "it won’t be launched this year." McLaren has promised one new model every year, and 2014 saw the 650S. 2015 will likely be the year of the P13. Bruce also confirmed the P13 will be priced starting "from around two thirds of the (12C’s) current cost." Figure close to $160,000. We were also told it "will be offered in more than one body-style."
Bruce refused to give any performance stats, but C&D suggests an output of around 500 horsepower. This sounds about right considering the 911 Turbo has up to 560 ponies. However, Bruce reminded us that "any performance stats (we) may have read are pure speculation."