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McLaren P1 review - prices, specs and 0-60 time
We've never been in a better era for supercars, despite fears the genre would diminish with environmental concerns. Instead, manufacturers like McLaren, with its staggeringly capable P1, have embraced hybrid technology to create vehicles capable of far more than we ever could have imagined.
The P1 is a completely different beast to its iconic predecessor, the F1, but where the F1 shunned technology in pursuit of driving purity, the P1 uses it to its advantage. Hybrid power, turbocharging, active suspension and adjustable aerodynamics make it dramatic on the road and race-car fast on a circuit. Ultimately, the F1's genius means it can never be truly eclipsed, but the P1 is a bold, remarkable product in an era of equally brilliant vehicles.
'Road noise thrums around the cockpit, the clatter of the odd stray chipping reminding you of the P1's carbon construction. However, the main source of noise is the engine. There's an apparently endless repertoire of grisly, respiratory coughs, gurgles and hisses as turbo boost ebbs and flows. Depending on your mood, it can be tremendously exciting or rather annoying, but it does make the P1 feel like it's coming to life beneath your right foot.' - Richard Meaden, Contributing Editor (evo 205)
Recently, rumours circulated that the McLaren P1 would be the first production car never to depreciate. There's method behind the madness: McLaren F1 prices are rising fast which acts as a halo on McLaren's latest range topper, P1 production was deliberately kept low, and there are far more potential buyers than there are cars available. Essentially, if you want a McLaren P1, now is the time to buy. You'll pay over the odds, but you'll also pay less than you will in a year's time.
Performance and 0-60 time > One word: savage. In a straight-line, the P1 is the fastest of that hypercar trio. One squeeze of the right pedal and that secret 'Ring lap time becomes irrelevant...
Engine and gearbox > It might share a few components with the 650S, but, working in tandem with a single electric motor, the P1's bespoke twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 helps produce a 903bhp peak output.
Ride and handling > McLaren has managed to give the P1 super quick responses without compromising ride quality. The results inspire confidence and encourage you to explore the chassis.
Prices, specs and rivals > New, the P1 costs £866,000. Except you can't buy one, because all 375 units have been sold. Expect price-inflated used cars to appear on the classifieds at any moment.
Interior and tech > Carbonfibre and Alcantara create a beautiful, yet focused finish. The Formula 1-inspired steering wheel sets the tone with buttons for IPAS, KERS and DRS.
Design > The P1's look changes depending on its mode. In road-legal settings it looks clean and smooth. Race-mode dramatically hardens that look up as the P1 hunkers down lower by 50mm.