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McLaren P12 Coming This Spring

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On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

McLaren P12 Coming This Spring

We've been hearing things - good things - about the McLaren P12 for a long time now. The P12 is the spiritual successor to the F1 - one of the greatest supercars of modern times, so suffice it to say, anticipation is high. That anticipation won't last too much longer if new rumors about a spring debut prove true.

GTSpirit reports this week that the P12 will be revealed at the Monaco Grand Prix event in May. While a May debut sounds enticing, don't get your hopes up. It's not clear if the Monaco unveiling (if it even happens) will be a public unveiling or one of those quiet, shadowy showings for ultra-wealthy clients. So we may have to scour the Internet for leaked information and photos rather than official details. Hopefully, we'll get something in May, though.

The P12 is expected to carry 800 horses in a tuned version of the MP4-12C's 3.8-liter V-8. The latest word says that the engine will get some support from a KERS system. That's remarkably similar to the layout of the Ferrari F70, which is rumored to pair an 800-hp engine and 120-hp hybrid system. If true, it looks like these two cars will compete as hotly as the MP4-12C and 458 Italia.

Rumors put the P12 to 60 mph in a mere 2.8 seconds, 100 mph in 5.5 seconds and 200 mph in 20 seconds. Top speed is rumored for the 260 mph range, meaning an upgraded P12 could go after the Bugatti Veyron's 267.8 mph world record.

The P12 should launch in 2014 with a price around $1.5 million.


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