McLaren P1 Debuts in L.A.
- McLaren unveiled the P1 supercar last night in Los Angeles.
- Among the 70 or so guests were potential P1 buyers, including Jay Leno.
- More details are expected to be released in March at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
LOS ANGELES — McLaren made a splash in L.A., unveiling its latest P1 supercar at the ultra-chic SLS Hotel, a fitting venue for such an avant garde vehicle.
Among the 70 or so guests were potential P1 buyers, current McLaren owners (which explains the half dozen MP4-12Cs surrounding the valet circle) and staff from the Auto Gallery McLaren showroom which was only a mile away.
Also in attendance was McLaren F1 owner and Tonight Show host Jay Leno.
This McLaren P1 has been on a North American tour since December, but details still remain scarce. Designer Frank Stephenson (of Mini Cooper, Ferrari F430 and McLaren MP4-12C fame) gave up little, saying that the P1 is focused on performance, not solely top speed.
Specifications on price, power and weight were noticeably absent, prompting heckles from Leno. The one number they did toss out was 1,300. By McLaren's reckoning, the P1 will produce 1,300 pounds of downforce.
More details are expected to be released in March at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
Judging from the opaque black windows, the interior of the P1 is still a work in progress, though Stephenson did open the driver door for Leno. McLaren attendants made sure to keep all others well clear of the viewing area.
Edmunds says: Southern California is undoubtedly one of the more important markets for supercars, and judging from the combined wealth and interest from the attendees, we should be seeing the new McLaren P1 trolling L.A. boulevards shortly after delivery commences at the end of 2013.