Today marks the day lucky buyers of the McLaren P1 will get their new high performance toy and with that milestone, the company has finally disclosed official performance figures to salivate over.
What’s the McLaren P1’s 0-60mph time?
A 3.8-litre V8 twin-turbo tuned to 727bhp with 720Nm of torque allows an official 0 to 62mph sprint of 2.8 seconds. 0 to 124mph takes a mere 6.8 seconds and up to 186mph takes 16.5 seconds. To put that into perspective, the P1 completes 0 to 186mph five seconds faster than the McLaren 12C. Count ’em.
How powerful is the McLaren P1?
As standard, the P1 has access to 727bhp and 720Nm, but it has an extra trick up its sleeve. It has an electric motor that, at the push of a button, provides an additional 173bhp and 260Nm of torque, taking the total power and torque to 900bhp and 1,080Nm — if you’re feeling brave. That’s a lot of power in a car that weighs 1,400kg.
Does the McLaren P1 have an electric mode?
Besides improving performance in similar fashion to the KERS systems used in Formula One cars, the electric motor allows you to drive 12 miles in full electric mode, saving you fuel. This helps the P1 achieve 34mpg (yes, you read that right) and 194g/km of CO2 emissions.
What are the P1’s brakes like?
There’s no use going ridiculously fast if you are unable to slow down. Fortunately, McLaren says the carbon ceramic brakes and bespoke Pirelli tyres allow the P1 to come to a halt from 62mph in 30.2 metres.
One of the craziest aspects of the McLaren P1 is the downforce it generates. At ‘well below’ its top speed, it can generate 599kg of downforce, which is five times more than the 12C.
I hear Jeremy Clarkson likes the P1
That would be an understatement. The Top Gear star recently tweeted after driving it: “Right. The P1. Complete game changer. The next chapter in motoring. Speed like you simply would not believe.” Yikes.
Not down on the list for the 375 being built because you lack a spare £866,000? Then save yourself some pain and avoid reading 15 things you should know about the McLaren P1. It will only make things worse.
McLaren P1 images