McLaren working on the P13, a new car positioned under the 12C

Article by Christian A., on March 25, 2013

McLaren will soon introduce a car dubbed the P13, which is set to be the automaker’s highest-volume product. It will be positioned under the 12C and will likely arrive in the 2014 calendar year. Just like the McLaren 12C, the P13 will be a two-seater that comes with a trunk. It’s believed that the car will be priced lower than $200,000, for it to have a chance of reaching the company’s sales goal of as many as 2,500 units sold globally each year.

The current McLaren 12C has a starting price of about $240,000 range for a coupe. This “base model” McLaren is expected to be powered by a detuned version of the 12C’s 616-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine.

This car, which can deliver about 500-530hp, offers a lot of power but not enough to be comparable to that of the pricier 12C. The exterior styling of the new P1 is different from all other sports car. It’s believed that the P13 will feature some of the design cues of its bigger sibling.

McLaren Automotive was not satisfied to rest on its own laurels. Instead, the company announced a range of improvements that will result in the McLaren MP4-12C being a high performing sports car with an even more stimulating drive while still being even easier to handle.

Topping the modifications is a 25PS (25hp) increase in power. By taking the maximal output of the mid-mounted, dual turbocharged V8 to 625PS (616hp), it gives the vehicle a more vibrant acceleration at track velocities while still maintaining efficiency. Changes have been made by the McLaren engineering team to the 12C's engine and SSG transmission to increase reaction.

Easy to use, a term not usually associated with this type of vehicle, is further bettered with a range of changes to detailing, while a larger variety of paints, leathers, and wheel choices allows customers greater opportunities for customisation.

The McLaren MP4-12C's singular Intake Sound Generator (ISG) system that controls how much sound from the engine intake can be heard in the cabin, can now be programmed at all levels in all three powertrain modes so that the driver can select the how much engine drama he or she wants to hear, no matter the type of road. But one thing hasn't changed, and that is the McLaren MP4-12C determined style... apart from understated changes to the McLaren Speed Marque badge, that is.

This newest version of the McLaren MP4-12C, that set new benchmarks for competitors at its launch for strength, efficacy, and revolutionary technology, can be ordered now. Customers who have already received their 12C will by no means be neglected. Every 12C owner is being given the choice of a range of upgrades, including the extra 25PS (25hp), at no cost, underscoring McLaren's dedication to its owners, making sure they enjoy their 12C ownership as much as the 12C drive.

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