Seems the McLaren MP4-12C Spider recently seen at the Nürburgring wearing slight camo on its front end wasn't hiding a facelift for the current car, but rather technology for its coming entry-level model known as P13. You'll see that our spies have captured a new set of images of the mule, this time with a slightly less disguised nose (not that it matters much). The baby McLaren is being developed to take on Porsche, and it's expected to get 450 horsepower from its 3.8-liter V8 and bow in 2015 or 2016.

McLaren's monocell carbon tub will form its backbone, and a report in Autocar says styling will remind people of its ties to the P1. Using this new information, the suspicion is that camouflage could be hiding LED lighting up front.

The MP4-12C isn't completely left out of the 'Ring gossip, though – word is that an uprated version of the twin-turbo, 616-hp, 3.8-liter V8 is on its way, perhaps ringing up 641 hp.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 4 Comments
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am not sure yet but I think I might like this look even more on the baby vs. the 12C. Camo needs to come off first but I like what I see. I'm not sure how long McLaren can keep building cars that share such important parts and yet are priced in entirely different spheres. 911 price~ $100-120k, 12C~ $250k and P1 ~ $1million but all have the same engine size and carbon tub plus other bits. I see the differences but it still seems a bit unambitious to change so little. I'm still a huge fan but it does make me wonder.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Based on the estimated price for this car, it's competition seems to be the Porsche Turbo or GT2, ie, the upper end of the Porsche 911 range. While technically it is a "911 competitor," when I hear that term, I think base 911, or 911S competitor. Audi did this with the R8 and Aston Martin did this with the AMV8 touting them as "911 rivals" however at the lower end of the range, there are still too few competitors to the 911.
    Advertisement
    2015 Ford Mustang
    MSRP: $23,800 - $46,170
    2015 Jeep Cherokee
    MSRP: $22,995 - $30,795
    2015 Subaru Forester
    MSRP: $22,195 - $33,095
    2015 Honda Accord
    MSRP: $22,105 - $33,630
    2015 Toyota Highlander
    MSRP: $29,665 - $44,040
    Advertisement