McLaren has been busy these past few years. It launched the MP4-12C in 2011, the 12C Spider in 2012, the P1 in 2013 and (most recently) the 650S in 2014. But it's not about to stop there. It's got an "entry-level" model in the works, set to take on the Porsche 911, and - according to information reported by Car and Driver and confirmed by McLaren in correspondence with Autoblog – a new flagship model, too.

The project is internally codenamed P15, and it calls for a new flagship that will cap the company's lineup once the P1 finishes its limited production run, but carry a price tag in the neighborhood of $500k to slot in between the P1 and the new 650S.

Just how, you wonder, can McLaren possibly develop another supercar each year? Simple: underneath, they're all essentially the same. (Only we're sure it's anything but simple.) That is to say they're all based on the same carbon monocoque structure and powered by the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels. What differentiates them is what the engineers in Woking build around that monocoque and how they tune the engine: +/- 600 horsepower in the 12C (depending on the year it was built), 640 hp in the 650S, or 727 hp in the P1 (with another 177 from the electric assist). The 911 fighter would likely develop in the 500hp range, and the P15 will probably land in the upper 600 (or lower 700) range.

McLaren confirms that the P15 would, again, be based on that same architecture. But while C/D, noting the renewed Formula One partnership between the two, suggests that it could incorporate some measure of Honda powertrain technology, McLaren's communications director Wayne Bruce dismisses the prospect as pure speculation. "The focus of the Honda and McLaren relationship right now is very much on racing." Which isn't to say that it couldn't extend to road cars at some point in the future, but though the P15, we're told, is still "some years away yet," when it does emerge, it will in all likelihood use some form or another of the M838T engine and seven-speed DCT which McLaren developed with Ricardo to power the rest of the McLaren Automotive lineup.


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      Leviathan18
      • 9 Months Ago
      So this one will have the rear of the P1 and the front of the MP4-12C
      sp33dklz
      • 9 Months Ago
      Judging by their offering with the "new" 650s, they'll probably just build a P1 w/o the hybrid powertrain and knock the price down to $500k.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'll be the one to say it- This is ******* stupid. They're creating too much overlap, and watering the brand down by expanding too quickly. This car will be exactly what the 650S is to the MP4-12C- a more expensive version with a bump in boost, and some cosmetic changes. Let's stop making it sound like they're engineering a bunch of new cars, and call a spade a spade. They're taking a car, warming it up in the microwave, throwing on some lipstick, and charging 50 grand more for it. If they want to be taken seriously, they need to stop building generic-looking cars that are copy cats of one another and build an ACTUAL new car to compete in segments they aren't competing in.
        johnnythemoney
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        The P15 is supposed to be an entry level car, not a tarted up. Other than that, yeah.
          johnnythemoney
          • 9 Months Ago
          @johnnythemoney
          Sorry, meant P13, which people thought was the 650S, which is simply a P11b. Oh crap, stop naming cars in a senseless way!
      axton72op8
      • 9 Months Ago
      ...and then another one to slot between those
      LynxFX
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is actually a brilliant move. McLaren is doing quite well but want to still limit the number of a specific model produced to keep them exclusive. So what do you do when you have demand for more cars but don't want to dilute your current model production numbers? You create a new model that uses a lot of the same components. The price differences seem to be large enough to not overlap current customers. Now you have another profit avenue with a brand new model without pissing off P1 owners since they will still have a 1 of 375 production car.
      Justin Shaw
      • 9 Months Ago
      Personally the idea of the 911 fighting McLaren sounds way more appealing than the P15. Maybe a manual transmission offered at a ridiculous upcharge?
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wayne Bruce? Really? It's like Batman is not even trying to disguise himself anymore.
      Matt
      • 9 Months Ago
      Anyone else want to see what a N/A version of the 3.8L V8 would do?
      johnnythemoney
      • 9 Months Ago
      In other news, McLaren working on new product planning & new naming scheme. Or they better be soon.
      Jon
      • 9 Months Ago
      I think a high end sedan should be next.
      Eggmania
      • 9 Months Ago
      i wonder how many different models they can squeeze out of combinations of 2 cars.
        johnnythemoney
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Eggmania
        Well the P1 is already an MP4-12C with a different bodywork, hybrid bits but same engine and chassis.
        Jonathan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Eggmania
        Porsche started with the Beetle, and look at their lineup now!
      IBx27
      • 9 Months Ago
      File under questions nobody asked, next to the 4-door 3-series-coupe.
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