2012 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The McLaren P1, the long-awaited successor to the McLaren F1, will debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
- McLaren says the P1 at Paris is intended as a "design study" and that the production version will appear next year.
- Sales will follow within 12 months, said McLaren in a statement on Tuesday.
PARIS — The McLaren P1, the long-awaited successor to the McLaren F1, will debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
Unveiling of the futuristic machine is slated for September 27. Specifics are scarce, but speculation is at fever pitch. Although McLaren has not announced pricing, the thinking is that the P1 will be priced around $1.5 million, making it a much more expensive sibling to the McLaren MP4-12C. It is said that just 500 units will be built, although McLaren has not confirmed that number.
The machine that will be put on display in Paris is described by McLaren as a "design study," with production and sales to follow in the coming 12 months. It is the successor of McLaren's first road car, the F1, which had a very exclusive production run from 1992 through 1998.
The F1 set the standard for ultimate speed with a demonstrated capability of 240-plus mph, throwing down a formidable gauntlet to the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and other challengers.
The P1 will hardly be a supercar wallflower, but raw top speed is not an objective.
"Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit," said Antony Sheriff, automotive managing director for McLaren, in a statement on Tuesday.
In step with the times, the P1 will embrace environmental friendliness as much as visceral stimulation.
"It is the true test of a supercar's all round ability and a much more important technical statement," Sheriff said. "It will be the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made."
The first images of the P1 show that McLaren hewed to the classic wedge shape. The P1 bears a family resemblance to the MP4-12C.
"Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with P1 is to redefine it once again," said Ron Dennis, McLaren Automotive executive chairman.
Edmunds says: McLaren says it is aiming for the pole position in Paris. It will command even more attention once the specs are disclosed next week.