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McLaren P11 Offspring Due in 2012

The sports car segment will get a little bit crowded in the next few years, as British manufacturer McLaren Automotive is already working on both the P11 model and its successor.

This is only bad news for sports car manufacturers such as Porsche and Ferrari, because this time McLaren doesn't want to built a million dollar car, as was the case with the F1, but it is developing models for the exact same group of people targeted by the other two companies.

The future competitor of the Porsche 911 or Audi R8 will probably be powered by a normally aspired 6.2-lit V8 engine. The powerplant is an AMG creation capable of putting out 450 horsepower. Thanks to it, the car will go naught to sixty-to in 4.6 seconds and will top at 195 mph (312 km/hour).

A semi-automatic gearbox with steering mounted shift paddles will keep at bay all that power. If a dangerous situation arises and you need to stop at a certain moment, the car's carbon ceramic brakes will help the car do it quicker than you may expect.

The 2012 model will be based on the same rear-wheel drive platform used on the P11. Its body will be made up of composite materials and will bear the design mark of both P11 and the famous F1. Total weight of the car is set to be around 1,300 kg, autoexpress.co.uk reported.

Set to have a price tag of around 80,000 pounds, both the P11 and its successor will be the first McLarens to be series-built, as part of Ron Dennis' plan to expand the company to a volume producer.

As is the case with the P11, the new model is being designed by former Ferrari designer Frank Stephenson.
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