McLaren P1: official performance figures | New Release - Car News Oct 2013

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16:46 Monday 21 Oct 2013

Ever since it went on show at last year's Paris Motor Show, we've been waiting feverishly for McLaren to release some official performance figures for the P1.

And now, on the same day the first lucky owner takes delivery of their car, McLaren has finally opened up and told us what the P1 will do. And the numbers are, well, let's just say that 'fast' doesn't quite cover it.

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0-62mph takes 2.8 seconds, 0-124mph takes 6.8 seconds and 0-186mph takes 16.5 seconds. On top of this, the P1 will complete a standing quarter mile in just 9.8 seconds at a speed of 152mph and flat out will hit a limited 217mph.

While the McLaren's figures don't quite match up to those set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, we were never really expecting them to. McLaren claims that it wasn't trying to top the Veyron Top Trumps-style with the P1, saying: "We designed the McLaren P1 from the outset with one clear goal: to be the best driver’s car on road and track."

And, performance figures aside, given that the P1 is substantially lighter than the Veyron, we'd expect it to be sharper and crisper to drive. McLaren really do know what they're doing when it comes to making a driver's car.

It isn't the performance figures which impressed us the most though. Oh no. McLaren claims that the P1 will stop from 62mph in 30.2 metres, 124mph in 116 metres and 186mph in 246 metres. In fact, 186mph to zero takes just 6.2 seconds, by which time your face will be smeared across the windscreen and your pancreas will be in the glove box.

And let's not forget that the P1 is a hybrid. As a result, McLaren claims a combined economy figure of 34mpg and CO2 emissions of 194g/km. Fifteen years ago you'd have been lucky to get these figures from a family saloon.

So, there you have it. The P1, as expected, is nothing short of an engineering triumph. Let us know what you think about it by posting your comments below.


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