Saturday 17 March 2018

McLaren's 986bhp supercar will cost a chosen few €2m-plus

McLaren P1 GTR
McLaren P1 GTR
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

THIS 986bhp McLaren supercar is on track to cost more than €2m.

It's a new official image of a car only a chosen few can buy.

The track-focused P1 GTR will be shown in concept form at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance next month.

It will be more powerful than the 'standard' P1 with more performance, downforce and grip being promised.

They have nearly got 1,000bhp out of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8. Extraordinary to think they can extract 986bhp from it.

The car's track has been widened and there will be special slick tyres. That's all designed to give it what is being described as more 'track-focus'.

Rear wing

Close inspection of this photo shows that the speed-activated rear wing from the P1 is gone in favour of a fixed one.

There is speculation too that extra carbon fibre body panels will be used.

McLaren is on the record as saying the P1 GTR will be made because P1 owners have asked them for a "more track-focused" version of the car.

Dream on if you are thinking of getting one. Only existing P1 owners (each of the 375 has been contacted) are eligible to buy. But precisely how many will be made has yet to emerge.

Expect production to start next June - just after the last of the P1 models has been built.

McLaren says the this will be its "ultimate track-focused model". But they would say that, wouldn't they?

Irish Independent

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