Car News 23 Mar 2017

First glimpse of McLaren’s £1.65m BP23 hyper-GT

A newly released sketch hints at the shape of McLaren’s most powerful car yet.

The three-seat BP23 could be the fastest ever McLaren too, although this claim is carefully couched by company boss, Mike Flewitt, who said, “there are many definitions of fastest – could be fastest from 100-200mph… it is very powerful and has very low drag.”

The V8/hybrid combination will be more powerful than the P1’s power plant, which outputs  903bhp.  McLaren have confirmed the BP23 will use a 4.0-litre engine in place of the P1’s 3.8-litre.  The motor will be lighter and more powerful, thanks to greatly improved battery management software, and though it won’t have a plug-in capability, the car will be able to run on battery reserve over short distances.

The luxury hyper-GT will sprint from 0-62mph in a similar time to the P1 – around 2.8 sec, and will feature a new carbon tub and dashboard, built around a central driving position.

The first BP23 won’t arrive till 2019.  All 106 production cars have already been sold, with McLaren reporting that three times that number of people asked to buy one.


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