McLaren announces official P1 performance figures (2013)

Published: 21 October 2013

McLaren has finally finished throat-clearing about the P1 supercar, and announced official, confirmed performance figures for the £866,000 hyper-hybrid. No more ‘approximately’ this and ‘sub’ that: here’s the complete list of top trumps.

McLaren P1: the official sprint times

• 0-62mph (100km/h): 2.8sec – the same as a Nissan GT-R, 0.1sec faster than a Lamborghini Aventador, and 0.4sec faster than the original McLaren F1.
• 0-124mph (200km/h): 6.8sec – faster than CAR’s long-term Subaru BRZ coupe hits 62mph.
• 0-186mph (300km/h): 16.5sec – 5.5sec faster than a McLaren F1. However, a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport will outrun the P1 (14.6sec to 186mph) and Ferrari estimates its LaFerrari rival will be faster too, quoting a 15sec benchmark.

• Top speed: electronically limited to 217mph. Beaten by the McLaren F1 (241mph), Koenigsegg Agera (249mph), and Bugatti Veyron (253-267mph depending on model). However, McLaren wasn’t gunning for top speed kudos, instead focusing on superb on-track performance.

What about the McLaren P1’s braking stats?

• 62-0mph: takes 30.2m and just 2.9sec. That means a McLaren P1 can accelerate from rest to 62mph and decelerate back to rest in just 5.7sec: faster than a Porsche Boxster hits 62mph. The stopping distance is also just one-third of the Highway Code’s prescribed pull-up area from 62mph. Thank the bespoke Akebono carbon brakes and unique Pirelli tyres for that face-bending stopping power.

• 124-0mph: 116m in 4.5sec
• 186-0mph: 246m in 6.2sec

And what about the boring stuff?

Thanks to the McLaren P1’s 12-mile electric-power range, the P1 scores outlandish figures on the EU efficiency test cycle. At 34.0mpg, it’s has a better fuel economy rating than a Lotus Evora, despite packing a 627bhp power advantage!

CO2 output is similarly cheeky, at 194g/km. LaFerrari coughs out 330g/km, putting it four tax bands higher in the UK market. Take that, Maranello…

Meanwhile, McLaren is busy attacking the Nurburgring, attempting to dethrone the Porsche 918 Spyder as the fastest road car ever to lap the circuit. Click here to read CAR’s full spy shots scoop.

By Ollie Kew

Former road tester and staff writer of this parish

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