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McLaren BP23 Prototype Spotted in Central London?

While we're waiting for the McLaren Senna to silence those who criticise its aerodynamics-dictated styling by delivering breathtaking dynamic thrills (we're expecting a Nurburgring production car lap record for next year), we can focus on the next step in Woking's new model strategy. We're talking about the BP23, the beast that will land as a successor for the McLaren F1.
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The BP23, which the British specialist labels as a hyper-GT, has left its early development stages behind and it seems that the newcomer has been spotted in Central London - lens tip to Autogespot.

The number plate on the prototype belongs to Mclaren and the camouflage seen here is identical to that of the BP23 prototype we spied back in the fall.

Nevertheless, while the test car we showed you back in September mixed 720S bits with a three-seater layout (the F1 genes are strong with this one), the tester we see here appears to feature a conventional two-seater layout.

Well, the British engineers could be out testing the engine of the newcomer on a mule that's close to the 720S. Speaking of which, the carmaker has promised that the new model will be "the most powerful and most aerodynamic road-going McLaren ever,"

The details on the tech bits of the BP23 are scarce, but you can expect a hybrid powertrain, so we'll probably be offered a mix between the new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 motor found in the 720S/Senna and electric power. And with the internal combustion engine delivering 800 hp on the Senna, you can expect the gas-electric setup to pack north of 1,000 ponies.

The hyper-GT, which will obviously receive a proper name, is set to reach its customers in 2019, with production being limited to just 106 units. Oh, and you don't need to worry about the $2.5 million price tag of the thing, since the entire lot has already been spoken for.

 
 
 
 
 

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