The McLaren P1, which will debut in pure production-ready form at the Geneva Motor Show in March, packs a nearly unmatched punch.
McLaren P1 in testing.
An astronomical 903 horsepower are on tap in the ultra-advanced P1 plug-in hybrid.
The carbon-fiber bodied P1 features a heavily reworked version of the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 used in the current McLaren MP4-12C, but in the P1 it's coupled with a lightweight (212 pounds) electric motor, sizeable lithium-ion battery pack and a connection to plug it in.
McLaren P1 powertrain detail.
Its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 cranks out a monstrous 727 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, yet the P1's electric motor adds an additional 176 horsepower and 192-pound-feet of torque to the mix. Total horsepower equals 903! Torque is mountain-moving at 664 pound-feet.
McLaren says the P1 is capable of covering up to 6 miles on electricity alone, which seems pointless, but how many other hypercars even compare? And McLaren even boldly states that its 212-pound battery offers the highest power density of any automotive battery pack currently in use.
The McLaren P1 competes in a league of limited players and in that league only the Porsche 918 Spyder features a plug-in setup. Comparing the two is pointless, as competition doesn't really exists in this rarefied area. It's either a Porsche or a McLaren. There's no cross shopping here.
Price? McLaren won't say. We'd guess somewhere near seven figures.
Details are scarce, but we hope to find out more when the P1 debuts early next month in Geneva.