McLaren Automotive has only been in business for a few of years now, but already it has launched the 12C, the 12C Spider and the new P1. It's not about to stop there. Next up will be the long-rumored P13, a smaller, lighter sportscar aimed at the top end of the Porsche 911 range.

Now expected to arrive late next year, the P13 will borrow heavily from its existing stablemates. That means a lightweight carbon monocoque, a detuned version of Woking's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and seven-speed Pre-Cog dual-clutch transmission and styling penned by Frank Stephenson and appearing closer to that of the P1 than the 12C.

The latest intel projects it'll churn out around 450 horsepower, which would make it significantly less powerful than the 911 Turbo it'll go up against. It also won't benefit from the Porsche's all-wheel traction, but its lighter projected curb weight ought to make it a close match in performance. UK pricing is tipped to come in around £120,000, which translates to about $190k or about $70k less than the 12C. That'd make it a touch more expensive than the top of the 911 and Audi R8 coupe ranges, but promises to deliver a higher degree of exclusivity, although US pricing could be adjusted accordingly.


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      typhicane
      • 1 Year Ago
      And they need to do something about that naming system, which doesn't make any sense. P13 ---> 12C ---> P1 Ummm, what?
        freezer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @typhicane
        P13 is only the internal name (like BMW's E and F numbers or Mercedes's W numbers) P7 = SLR P8/P9/P10 = aborted projects P11 = MP4-12C P12 = P1 P13 = ???
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      not sure about the strategy of using the same chassis/engine on all their cars, from this bottom feeder, to the 12C and all the way to the P1. I presume some tuning shop could easily pump this car to the 700+hp of the P1.
      Klimo
      • 1 Year Ago
      So it should be around $130k. Right where a 911 S/4s sit.
      AThamicBomb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this going to be the combined effort of Honda and McLaren?
      typhicane
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait, I thought the 12C competes with the 911 Turbo, no? If they are making a 450 hp car to compete with the 911 Turbo, that means the 12C is way out of the 911 Turbo's league, but if you look at the performance of both cars, it is quite similar. Why don't they make something to compete with the Cayman/Boxster? That's where the high sales volume is.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      "UK pricing is tipped to come in around £120,000, which translates to about $190k or about $70k less than the 12C" What's the point?
      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems more like a GT3 competitor than a Turbo. Pity it's not naturally aspirated.
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      How do you make a car that's designed to go against another low-volume, yet fairly decent powered sports car, and then make it almost $200k? I know it's McLaren, but you might as well not go against the 911 GT3 (which is more comparable than a 911 Turbo) if you're going to be that pricey. Tune it up to a Turbo S and call it a match.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Feurig
        An MP4-12C is already about Turbo S performance level (at least up to 130mph).
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is a Cayman S/Alfa 4c competitor next?
      AlfieR
      • 1 Year Ago
      De-tuned I like the sound of that!! Quick call Cobb tunning!!!
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