McLaren Shows First Photo of Sports Series Model

McLaren Sports Series 1 photo
Photo: McLaren
McLaren promised us 13 miracles a few days ago, not before Christmas, but before they reveal their new budget supercar. If you think about it, that's basically the same thing. In any case, this photo isn't one of those miracles, but we would still be very happy to find it under our tree this year.
You guys are looking at the very first officially official image of the car we reffered to as the P13 for a year now. It's still heavily camouflaged, but there's enough showing to paint a clear picture of its design.

Like the P1, this new McLaren looks as slippery as a fish and as futuristic as a UFO. But its design has been watered down in order to make it more practical and more at peace with the world. There's also something about it that reminds us of the Ferrari F430 at the front, especially in the way the bonnet is shaped and how the headlights flow.

As we told you yesterday, speculation suggests the Sports Series will cost £120,000 in Britain or €140,000 over in Europe. That would place it in the same ballpark as a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet (cheaper than a Turbo and more expensive than any regular 4S). Now that also means it needs to have a large enough trunk under the bonnet and be able to take the occasional trip to the supermarket.

But the P13 has mainly been designed to go fast. Behind the bodywork is a super-light carbon fiber shell and in the middle of that we find a V8 engine. McLaren won't give us the details, but we can be it's another 3.8-liter with at least one turbo, making up to 500 horsepower. If we were the competition right now, we'd be sweating bullets.

Want to hear something really exciting? We've heard that the P13 is called "Sports Series" because it's not just one but many mainstream model that are part of a series. Duh! There will be a convertible, of course, and if customers demand it a GT as well.
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