McLaren P13 to Be Offered as Coupe, Convertible and GT

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McLaren is always obsessed with focus but, right now, the Brits have a particular focus, namely working to complete the development of their future P13 entry-level model. As it turns out, the sportscar will be offered in three body styles, so they have quite some work to do.
We already expected the P13 to follow the defunct 12C’s scheme, being offered as a Coupe and a Spider and it seems that McLaren will also introduce a GT version. According to a report coming from Car & Driver, the GT will offer an extra luggage compartment at the rear.

There are very few mid-engined cars that hold a luggage compartment at the back and these usually wear the Porsche badge. Still, it’s not surprising to see McLaren recognize Porsche’s brilliance. After all, the British automaker has praised the 911 GT3 RS in the past, naming it as a benchmark for the P13.

Nonetheless, there are also sportscar makers that McLaren wants to devour - a McLaren insider told the aforementioned source that the GT will “look more like an E-Type than the Jaguar F-Type does.”

The source explained the GT could be the range’s best-seller, adding that its rear window will use a concave shape, much like that of the famous Ferrari 206GT Dino. McLaren’s cars already featured superb technical sides, so if the company decides to boost its styling efforts, we can only be thrilled. Let’s just hope they manage to improve the thrills you receive during normal, everyday driving, as this was the greatest weakness of the 12C.

McLaren’s P13 is expected to share the 12C, 650S and P1’s carbon fiber monocell, as well as the automaker’s twin-turbo V8 engine. The entry-level status obviously means the engine will be downtuned, but we can still expect this to deliver between 450 and 470 hp. Following the rest of the McLaren models, the P13 will send its power to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch transmission.

The lack of four seats and, why not, the absence of four-wheel drive means we can’t quite label the P13 as a Porsche 911 fighter. Nonetheless, cars like the Audi R8 V8, the Jaguar F-Type and even the Chevrolet Corvette will be in its crosshairs.
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