Five rivals for the McLaren P1 supercar
McLaren's new P1 hypercar broke cover yesterday. Whatever you make of its aggressively-wrought lines, there's no doubting the drama of the legendary F1's successor.
The P1 is unadulterated hypercar pin-up fodder, full of swoops and slashes and the sense that it might bite your head off if you looked at it funny.
It ventures into that rarefied market where horsepower outputs nudge four figures and price tags are hedge fund fodder. But it's not without competition – here's five rivals to the P1 that'll be baying for its blood when it goes on sale next year.
Koenigsegg Agera R
The Koenigsegg Agera R - for buyers who find the 806bhp CCX's face-bending acceleration too tardy. With a 5.0-litre V8 twin-turbo unit that drinks petrol or E85 bioethanol, the Agera R develops 1,100bhp and hits 62mph in 2.9 seconds. Like McLaren, Koenigsegg is into the bespoke one-off game – the Swedish company has just made a 'BLT' edition for a Chinese customer. Tasty.
2013 Ferrari Enzo replacement
Hard to believe it's ten years since the ground-breaking Enzo (above) shifted the supercar world on its axis. The still-nameless replacement will break cover in early 2013. Rumour has it will be lighter and more powerful than the Enzo and feature an F1-style KERS system for a 120bhp boost on top of its hardly asthmatic 7.3-litre 800bhp V12. We like.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
Volkswagen-owned Bugatti has long been king of the four-figure horsepower club even with the vanilla Veyron. But the quad-turbocharged, 1,183bhp open-roofed Grand Sport Vitesse has to be the fastest way of airing your bonce on the open road. If you fancy a high-speed perm – the 255mph Bug will set you back 1.65m Euros.
Naming cars after a wind is nothing new – VW's been at it for years. But Pagani has built one that genuinely goes like the wind as well as being named after one. Pronounced 'why-ra', Horacio's latest creation is named after a South American wind. The salient bits are these: a bespoke AMG 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 with 730bhp and a devilish £666,000 price tag.
Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche's hybrid supercar plays the green card – combining two electric motors with a 570bhp 4.6-litre V8 to provide nearly 800bhp worth of tree-hugging grunt. The headline figures are a sub-3 second 0-62mph time and claimed 94mpg economy. Welcome to the dawn of the politically correct supercar.
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