McLaren P1 electric car on display at Geneva Motor Show

The McLaren P1 was one of several new supercars on display at the Geneva Motor Show Tuesday. The McLaren P1 comes with a V-8 engine and electric motor, Vijayenthiran writes.

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Attendees look at the new McLaren P1 during the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland. Pricing on the McLaren P1 starts at $1.15 million and only 375 will be built, Vijayenthiran writes.

With all the excitement surrounding the reveal of the new La Ferrari, it’s easy to forget that McLaren also had a new flagship supercar on show in Geneva today, the new P1.

Interestingly, the two cars have very similar specs on paper, and both have similartechnology onboard.

That shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise as both cars, the La Ferrari and P1, have been developed using technology lifted straight out of Formula One racing.  

After comparing the initial specs, it looks like the La Ferrari has the slight edge; it’s more powerful, has quicker acceleration (to 186 mph) and a higher top speed. 

How the two will compare on the track remains to be seen, though we can’t wait to see how that battle turns out.

As already announced, the McLaren P1 comes with two highly-efficient powerplants: a V-8 engine and electric motor. They offer a mix of strong throttle response, day-to-day drivability and high top speed thanks to various driving modes including electric only, gasoline only and combined hybrid modes.

Peak output of the system is 903 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 by itself is rated at 727 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque, and the electric motor adds 176 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. Note, the peak torque of the individual power sources arrive at different points, which is why the combined torque figure of the P1 is only 663 pound-feet.

In case you’re interested, pricing on the P1 starts at a cool $1.15 million and only 375 will be built, ensuring the car remains rarer than its Ferrari rival, of which 499 examples will be built.

For our complete coverage on the McLaren P1, click here.

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