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Details on McLaren Flagship

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On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

Details on McLaren Flagship

For most companies, a 592-hp, sub-3,000-lb. coupe that hits 62 mph in 3.3 seconds would qualify as a flagship. But when your name is McLaren, and your most famous road car not only held a world record, but also stood head and shoulders above every other supercar of its era, an MP4-12C is but a starting point, a middle of the road.

McLaren has already indicated that, unlike in the past, it will build a family of cars. And one of those cars will be a true flagship, reminiscent of the 240-mph F1 produced in the mid-90s. Late last week, Autocar published the most comprehensive look that we've seen as to what McLaren's car will look like.

Unlike the MP4-12C, which makes a nice Ferrari 458 and Lamborghini Gallardo competitor, the next McLaren flagship, which is being referenced as the 'Mega Mac', will aim at Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and SSCs. In other words, it will be in the same class as the F1.

Unlike some of those competitors, McLaren's car won't be solely the product of a massive, horsepower-spitting engine. Its engine will be big (799-hp 5.0-liter V8 big) but rather modest when compared to the 1,000+ hp units that have become almost a standard in this end of the market.

As it's done with the MP4-12C, McLaren will get the most out of the engine with a lightweight design. It will use a carbon Monocell tub similar to the 175-lb one in the MP4-12C. McLaren will create a minimalistic interior space focused on low weight rather than comfort and materials. The flagship will undoubtedly use an array of McLaren's lightest, high tech components, as well.

Unfortunately, there's no indication as to what the Mega Mac might be capable of in terms of top speed, but there are some estimates as to how it will fare in acceleration. According to Autocar, McLaren's numbers point to a 2.8-second 0-to-60 mph, a 5.5-second 0-to-100 mph and a 20-second 0-to-200 mph. The latter defeats the Bugatti Veyron by a full 2 seconds!

Predictably, the flagship will borrow many components from the MP4-12C—a speedy, technological dynamo in its own right. Components like aluminum pushrod suspension, hydraulic anti-roll control, adaptive dampers, and a five-stage traction control system will be pulled from the MP4, retooled, and installed onto the Mega Mac.

In terms of looks, the flagship will get “bigger, angrier, and more functional looking” from the MP4, attributes Autocar tried to capture in the above rendering.

The report cites a 2012 launch and production plans for 500 units. Price is speculated in the £350,000 to £400,000 range ( approximately $570K to $650K), but honestly, that estimate sounds a little low if you look at the price of contemporaries like the Koenigsegg Agera, Bugatti Veyron, and Pagani Huayra, as well as the F1 itself.


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