- May 16, 2011
"Mega Mac" McLaren F1 successor to pack 799 horsepower
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McLaren MP4-12C and F1 – Click above for high-res image gallery
It's "full speed ahead" for McLaren. The British racing team-turned-supercar-maker is hard at work producing the new MP4-12C and just recently debut the GT3 racing version. But that's just the tip of the proverbial for McLaren, which has big plans for additional models to follow. Autocar has published a forecast on a new top-of-the-line hypercar to follow in the footsteps of the iconic McLaren F1, set to take on the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and Pagani Huayra.
Like the MP4-12C, the flagship supercar is expected to be built around a carbon-fiber monocoque packing a 799-horsepower, 5.0-liter version of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 developed with Ricardo mated to the same Graziano seven-speed "pre-cog" dual-clutch gearbox. With that much power, we're looking at a 2.8-second sprint to 60 miles per hour before hitting 200 mph in 20 seconds flat.
According to the report, the car dubbed "Mega Mac" will arrive sometime in 2014, with just 500 examples pegged for production with a price tag in the neighborhood of $600,000. Of course, these specifications could prove entirely speculative, and we wouldn't be surprised if the end result were even quicker, and – given the seven-figure supercars we've been seeing lately – more expensive.