Psst. Want pictures and specs of the new McLaren P1? Well you’ve come to the right place. We elbowed our way past an enormous scrum of besotted onlookers to get within fondling distance of the new hypercar and can bring you these pictures. You’re welcome.
The McLaren P1 is one of the most beautiful four-wheeled creations we’ve seen in quite some time. We loved seeing the thing in pictures, but not nearly as much as witnessing it up close and personal in the flesh. It’s a sight to behold.
The front is a little bit subdued for a hypercar – it’s nowhere near as mental-looking as the new Ferrari LaFerrari, for example, but view the thing from just about any other angle and it’ll knock your socks off. It’s breathtaking in profile, with a lovely concave section in the doors that mirrors the shape of the windows. It’s madder still from the rear thanks to a bonkers single central exhaust pipe and that fold-out spoiler. It looks like an eagle’s claw upside down. Or a shovel. Or a big pair of yellow lips. It’s brilliant.
The McLaren P1’s performance should be every bit as impressive as its looks. Like the Ferrari LaFerrari, it’s powered by a hybrid system, which in this case consists of 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor that, together, produce 903bhp and 664lb-ft of torque. That’s good for a sub-3 second 0-62mph time and an electronically limited top speed of 217mph.
One area in which the P1 one-ups the LaFerrari is in the fact it can travel on electric-only power for a range of six miles or so, if you’re gentle with the throttle. It’ll even emit CO2 at the rate of just 200g/km, which is virtually unheard of for a car that offers this level of performance.
Anyway that’s enough waffling. Gorge yourselves on the pictures below and come back in a bit for more information on this stunning £866,000 work of art.