The McLaren P12, alleged successor to the legendary F1 super car, has one hell of a legacy to follow. Therefore, its not surprising that anticipation of the launch is pretty high, and if rumors prove to be correct, it won't be too long to wait.

The McLaren P12, alleged successor to the legendary F1 super car, has one hell of a legacy to follow. Therefore, its not surprising that anticipation of the launch is pretty high, and if rumors prove to be correct, it won't be too long to wait.

According to a report by GTspirit, the P12 will be revealed at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix that takes place during the final weekend in May. However, it must be noted that it is very possible McLaren could use the F1 race to show the new super car only to specially selected clients. The Monaco race will be crawling with the super wealthy people that will be able to afford the new model and it would therefore be a perfect opportunity for them to gauge first impressions.

Styling was completed by McLaren design chief Frank Stephenson and is reported to be very futuristic with sources saying it looks like something from the Will Smith film iRobot.

The P12 label is the internal name for the super car and is the only identifier at this point. It will be powered by a tuned version of the MP4-12C's 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 engine generating around 800 hp (597 kW / 811 PS) and backed up by a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) that could generate an additional 120 hp (89 kW / 122 PS).

Whilst the MP4-12C already incorporates a copious amount of carbon fiber in its construction, the P12 is reported to utilize the light-weight material even more for a lighter kerb weight. Engineers are believed to be targeting a weight of around 1,140 kg (2513 lbs).

The McLaren F1 successor will be reportedly launched in 2014 with a starting price of around €750,000.

 

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McLaren P12 to be unveiled at 2012 Monaco Grand Prix - report