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McLaren P1: Zero to 60 in under 2.8 seconds

The superlatives don't end there on this $1.15 million hypercar.

By Clifford Atiyeh Oct 21, 2013 9:23AM
That's the headline you will see all today and all week, because a performance stat like that is worth yelling from the top of the hills. Or rather, from McLaren's sterilized, ultramodern Woking, U.K., headquarters.

The company's first $1.15 million P1 hypercar is now in one lucky customer's garage, and McLaren has reason to brag. Its 903-horsepower hybrid V8 powertrain gets the P1 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds -- without the benefit of all-wheel-drive -- while delivering an EU-estimated 34 mpg during regular driving. It will also run in full-electric mode for up to 6.8 miles. By comparison, the almighty Bugatti Veyron can do the sprint (as we see it, from zero to 60 mph) in 2.5 seconds.

The real test? The P1 reaches 300 kph (186 mph) in 16.5 seconds, or 5.5 seconds sooner than the vaunted McLaren F1, of which only about 100 were built between 1993 and 1998. However, the P1's 217 mph top speed loses to the F1's God-like 240. During braking, the P1 can stop from 100 kph in 99 feet. And it'll run the quarter-mile in 9.8 seconds at 152 freaking mph.

Of course, these are converted from metric figures, and there's no way to know how good the P1 is until U.S. car magazines run their grimy fingers up and down this car. If the MP4-12C is any example, we'll bet it's beyond brilliant -- at least until we get the official stats for the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

[Source: McLaren]
Oct 21, 2013 12:02PM

It's All Relative,


   Personally, I don't care if a multi-millionaire adds another 7- figure low production exotic-car to his collection, or a lucky slightly above-average car guy lays out 100 k or so for his dream Super Snake, GTR or Z series-Vette, (just some examples). The reality of any sports or muscle car is in the visceral thrill of ripping through the gears and driving a sled that puts a big **** grin on one's face.

   The specs and prices are all relative, because there will always be someone who can buy the latest supercar with the most awesome performance numbers ...until another car comes along to replace it for the 'bragging rights' that go with the ride. I have an original Plymouth Barracuda that I take out on the weekends and happen to really enjoy playing the 'oldies' and cruising with it. Bottom line... put the pedal to the metal and just enjoy the Hell out of whatever performance car you happen to own and drive .... Peace to all ~

Oct 21, 2013 12:00PM
All of the fun in a sports car happens between 30-120 mph. Where on earth is someone going to drive a street car 218 mph? I have a Porsche 911 and when I first bought it, I had it up to 156 on a deserted highway strip. The manual says my Porsche does 182 mph, but my personal top speed is 156 as I was afraid to go any faster. People that think going over 160 mph is fun - usually have never tried it. 
Oct 21, 2013 12:44PM
I love to drive something like that just once in my life.....but the question is, who would be stupid enough to let me?
Oct 21, 2013 11:31AM
I rather keep the 1+ million and retire, just a show off toy
Oct 21, 2013 11:32AM
Sweet looking ride, with a high price tag...
Oct 21, 2013 11:47AM
I got a speeding ticket/warning  (43 in a 35..what a threat) in my Focus wagon last week..with two dogs in the back. 
 If I owned something this fast, they would toss me in jail forever. (actually,I do..but only for track use)
  Seriously,where can anyone enjoy something this powerful/fast other than a race track? 
   I guess I am missing the point of spending a million dollars on a car like this.
 If I need to go that fast,a good motorcycle will do the same for much much less. (on track,of course...)
Oct 21, 2013 12:02PM
Ha.  This converted electric 1972 datsun hits 0-60 in 1.8 sec. 
Oct 21, 2013 12:04PM
As -per NHRA regulations a car that does 150+ mph on a quarter mile track and you will have to drill holes in the $1.5 mil car and install a parachute. You must also have a CERTIFIED roll cage, racing harness, and fuel cell. You may then race the trashed-out supercar after you have obtained an NHRA LICENSE.
Oct 21, 2013 12:22PM
Bet few, if any, people who buy these cars ever get to these speeds. Not many places to legally drive these speeds, so bragging rights about tell the tale. Tombstone I once saw says it all...."He was right alright, as he sped along...but he's just as dead, as though he had been wrong". Ya'll drive safe now, you hear?
Oct 21, 2013 11:58AM

US car magazine  have grimy fingers?     It  (the car) probably can't drive on most USA roads, unless they are called Daytona or Indy 500.    The Grimy fingers you talk about  probably can out drive the capabilities of the car.  Looks like a nice car but I can think of a lot more cars I could purchase with 1.1 million.     Bet your butt  is only a couple of inches off ground.   Dead skunk in the road this car is totaled.


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