McLaren P1 Does 0 to 124 MPH in 6.8 Seconds; 0 to 62 MPH Takes Only 2.8 Seconds


McLaren P1

McLaren P1

This is one of those rare instances in which the story is all numbers (or performance figures to be more precise).

McLaren P1 Performance Figures

McLaren P1 Performance Figures

Our words can’t add to what McLaren is saying below, so we’ll hand it over to the automaker to let you know just how blazingly quick the P1 plug-in hybrid is.


– 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in just 2.8 seconds
– Braking from 100 km/h to zero takes just 30.2 metres – less than a third of the recognised stopping distance
– The McLaren P1™ reaches 300 km/h (186 mph) in 16.5 seconds – a full 5.5 seconds quicker than the iconic McLaren F1
– Bespoke tyres and braking system, developed in conjunction with technical partners Pirelli and Akebono, ensure optimised performance
– First customer takes delivery of groundbreaking McLaren P1™ from company’s headquarters in Woking, England



Following an extensive testing and development programme, McLaren Automotive has now confirmed the performance figures for the McLaren P1™ in the latest stage in the launch of the groundbreaking model. These figures show that the third model in the range accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds, and 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 16.5 seconds.

Groundbreaking levels of performance

The McLaren P1™ has been designed from the outset with one clear goal: to be the best driver’s car on road and track. The confirmation of the performance figures underlines this, and gives further insight into the potential of the latest model from the Woking-based firm.

Fitted with a twin powerplant powertrain generating 916 PS (903 bhp) from the highly efficient 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine and the lightweight electric motor, the McLaren P1™ storms from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.8 seconds, and hits 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds – quicker than many hot hatches reach half that speed.

Flames Are Optional

Flames Are Optional

The relentless acceleration, delivered as a result of the instant torque offered by the electric motors and the optimised turbos, sees the McLaren P1™ reach 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 16.5 seconds. By way of a benchmark, this is a full 5.5 seconds quicker than the legendary McLaren F1. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h (217 mph).

Despite these impressive figures, the McLaren P1™ still returns 34.0 mpg (8.3 l/100km) on the EU combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 194 g/km. The electric motor offers a range of 11 km (6.8 miles) in full electric mode on the NEDC cycle, which sees emissions drop to zero.

The braking figures are equally as impressive for the McLaren P1™, with the levels of performance provided by the bespoke Akebono system. The specially formulated carbon ceramic discs, coated in silicon carbide, can bring the McLaren P1™ to a halt from 62 mph (100 km/h) in a distance of just 30.2 metres. This figure is even more impressive when compared to the recognised stopping distances, which suggests that more than three times the distance – 102 metres – is required to bring a car to a halt from 100 km/h (62 mph).

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9 Comments on "McLaren P1 Does 0 to 124 MPH in 6.8 Seconds; 0 to 62 MPH Takes Only 2.8 Seconds"

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Wonder if they could get it even quicker with a front motor or two added into the mix 🙂

LOL, any faster and you’d probably pass out 🙂

Actually a team of students from the nederlands just achieved 2.13 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h on a small purpose made four Wheel drive electric.

Here is a video link:

Commentary on that.

Too funny, I actually considered tagging this video in a story we are putting out this morning on the Outlander PHV in the Netherlands.

Actually if you make a four Wheel drive electric run in the US it would give the same result. It is just physics. You use four traction opportunities instead of just two.

Let’s see what a four Wheel drive Model S can do.

Amazing job by McLaren, this new crop of hybrid cars begs for a new Cannonball Run movie.

MPH on the speedometer is easy to do by spinning the tires, but the actual speed is not so easy to do. In fact it can not do 0-60 unless it’s a dragster and we know it’s not.