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McLaren Working on Car Below 12C for 2014
Not long ago, McLaren was known for exactly one road car, the famous F1. Now, the company is promising a car a year. The new P1 will be followed shortly by a new sports car that will slot below the 12C, codenamed P13.
We’re told it will be another two-seat sports car, but designed to be more practical than the 12C — McLaren’s example of “practicality” is that the P13 will have a trunk. The company predicts the car will be its highest-volume product, and it will sell an anticipated 2000 to 2500 cars per year globally.
McLaren says to hit that volume, the P13 will be aimed at top-end Porsche 911s, at least in terms of price. The company is worried about cannibalizing 12C sales, so we expect the price will fall just below $200,000, enough to put some daylight between it and the 12C, which starts at closer to $250,000.
McLaren says the P13 will take design cues from the new P1, so we expect the P13 will feature lots of curves, swoops, active aerodynamic elements, and thin strips of LEDs.