Cheerio Old Chap, McLaren Ends P1 Production




McLaren P1
McLaren P1
McLaren P1

Ladies and Gentlemen, the production of the outrageously quick McLaren P1 has officially concluded. Now, the only P1 model you can still buy is the track-only P1 GTR, which will also bow out of production in early 2016.

During its short production cycle, McLaren built 21 prototypes and pre-production cars before building production models for 375 lucky and deep pocketed customers. Like the legendary F1, the McLaren P1 is now in the history books, and from now on, the only way one can purchase a P! is either through an auction circuits or private sales.

The McLaren P1 burst into the hypercar scene as a concept at the 2015 Paris Auto Show. The following year, the P1 made its global debut as a production car at Geneva Motor Show. Immediately, the P1 secured itself a spot in the hypercar pantheon with its mid-mounted Hybrid powertrain, which consisted of a twin-turbo 3.8 L V8 and an electric motor, when combined, generated a mind-boggling 903 horsepower and 664 lb.ft. torque. At the launch, McLaren claimed that the P1 could hit 60 mph from standstill in spleen-shattering 2.8 seconds and had a “limited” top speed of 217 mph.

Even with a starting price of $1.5 million, the demand for the P1 was very strong. McLaren claims that all 375 production cars were pre-sold, and each car was custom-ordered. Because of this, McLaren was quick to point out that no two P1 models were exactly the same, but they did acknowledge that the most popular color chosen by customers was Volcano Yellow. 

The first 2013 McLaren P1 to roll off the assembly line was an Ice Silver example, and the final 2015 P1 to roll of the line was painted in Pearlescent Orange (both are pictured below).

McLaren P1 First and Final Editions
McLaren P1 First and Final Editions

Even though the McLaren P1 has driven off into the history books, future hypercar shoppers need not worry because in an interview with CAR AND DRIVER, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt  acknowledged that there will be a faster and more powerful successor to the P1, but it will not enter into production anytime before 2017.

Information and Image Source: McLaren

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