As one of the premier sports cars in the world, the Porsche 911 is always driving around with a target on its rear-engined backside. If a new report is to be believed, the latest automaker with plans to build a 911-fighting sports coupe could be McLaren. Motor Trend is reporting that the recent news that Honda and McLaren are teaming up to build Formula One racecars could bear road-going fruit as well.

According to the article, the unnamed entry-level McLaren coupe may be powered by a Honda-sourced engine, but a detuned version of the 3.8-liter V8 from the MP4-12C is said to be more likely. All in, though, there is no solid information on the car just yet. As a reminder, M/T points out that the last time McLaren partnered up with a mainstream automaker, the world was introduced to the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.


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      benjammin172
      • 1 Year Ago
      Throw a Fit engine into a P1 chassis and I\'ll pay 911 money for it. It doesn\'t matter how slow the car is, it will always look fast.
      rtkewley
      • 1 Year Ago
      The record of exotic car companies going downmarket to compete with the 911 is not good. Ferrari with the Dino 246, Lamborghini with the Urraco, Aston with the Vantage V8 - none of them managed to meet the 911 on price, or make a dent in its' sales.
      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      A detuned 3.8L V8 might be a better bet, as Honda does not have much recent experience with high powered motors and it might end up with an Accord V6 of some sort. On the other hand, I'd really like to see Mclaren attempt a high revving naturally aspirated version of the 3.8 to hunt Porsche GT3s with. A lower boost version would just feel like a less awesome MP4-12C.
      shyu0622
      • 1 Year Ago
      McLaren doesn't mess around with motors. For them to team up with Honda following strong showings with BMW and Mercedes is definitely not a bad thing. Another sign that Honda's pulse is stronger now.
      JMar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Heard its going to be priced to complete with turbo/turbo s.... So i don't understand, if this is going to be a "911 killer" its going to also best the mp4-12c. Sounds bad for sales... Who is going to buy the mp4 when you can get a better performer in house for 50-100k cheaper
      askroon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would love to have to choose between a baby McLaren and an F-Type Jag and know that they can both give the 911 a run for its money.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      You cannot kill the 911 or the Corvette. Those cars are religions. You can build a car that is faster (GT-R) but, the 911 is always the one and only 911
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda did good with small NA engines, so its no surprise McLaren wants to work with them. Honda needs McLaren a hell of a lot more though. Honda is disappearing in the shadows of enthusiast.
      twofingersneak
      • 1 Year Ago
      honda won't do it as people might start to associate the word "honda" with "fun" or "exciting" or "performance", and, well, we'll just have none of that nonsense here.
      Thipps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honestly I have worked with Mclaren via a supplier on the MP12c and P1. I dont see them ever doing anything like this. they are absolute control freaks with Egos to go along with it. Never say never but I cant see it actually happening
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      give us another toyota powered lotus
      Scott West
      • 1 Year Ago
      McLaren/Acura NSX Twins???
        mojotrongt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scott West
        Sounds like cannibalized sales to me. Seems unwise, and thus unlikely for Honda to do this.
          askroon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mojotrongt
          A cannibalized sale is a sale nonetheless, and you'll pick up McLaren customers who would never look at an NSX at the same time. Look at BRZ and FR-S. Totally identical cars and yet they are both selling well because demand is high for either version. I bet Subaru and Toyota aren't complaining about cannibalized sales.
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