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McLaren ‘P13’ sports car being planned, below MP4-12C – report

March 24, 2013

At the moment, McLaren has just two vehicles in its showroom range; the MP4-12C and the just-revealed P1 hypercar. Things are about to change though, with the company reportedly plotting a new entry-level model to sit beneath the MP4-12C.

According to a recent Motor Trend report, McLaren is looking to introduce a new, more practical sports car in the next two years. The car, which has apparently been codenamed the ‘P13’, is set to be a two-seater just like the other two models the company offers.

Where the P13 will be different though is user-friendliness. It’s set to be more toned down for improved useability, with a more accommodating cargo area so the car can be used on a regular day-to-day basis.

It’s unknown at this stage if the car will be mid-engined like the other two, or front-engined. It’s understood it will come with a detuned version of the company’s ‘M838T’ 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 though, which powers the MP4-12C (459kW) and the P1. There’s talk of an output figure goal of around 370kW.

Being the entry-level model, with the lowest price tag in the showroom, the P13 is expected to be the company’s best-selling vehicle. Rivalling the likes of the Porsche 911, the market segment would certainly be shaken up by the introduction of a technology-filled new model McLaren.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.