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McLaren's 911 Turbo Fighting 'P13' Will Be A Slower 650S

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McLaren's entry-level supercar will go on sale in September 2015, aimed against the most powerful Porsche 911s, the Audi R8 V10 and the Ferrari California. Here's what we know so far.

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According to Autocar, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said the P13 will be roughly the same size as a 650S, since it uses the same carbon fiber tub and two-seat layout. They can't change much due to cooling reasons, but the P13 is promised to be more practical offering easier access thanks to modified sills.

It will also use the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 you find in any modern McLaren from 12Cs to P1s, but detuned to somewhere north of 450 horsepower to deliver a 0-62 mph time of just under 4 seconds and a top speed of 185 mph.

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Before taking its whole lineup to Hybrid Town, McLaren will also launch a beefed up 650S in 2017 known as the P15, which is most likely to be almost as fast as a P1 for half the price.

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In the next decade, McLaren is planning to downsize engines and "offer two or three mainstream cars plus some specialty models – something like the P1 or perhaps even a full electric car."

Talk about modular construction! McLaren is starting to work just like a Lego set...

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TheBaron2112

Talk about modular construction! McLaren is starting to work just like a Lego set...

And I think that's what's sort of taking the charm away from McLaren for me.

I love McLaren, but the same block and same carbon tub in what 3—soon to be 4 different cars? And they're all supposed to fill different roles. 911 fighter, 458 fighter, hypercar...

McLaren is turning into a mexican restaurant. They're using the same 3-4 ingredients and making different dishes with them. Except one has avocado, one has queso sauce, and one has hot peppers.