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The Top Gear car review:Mclaren P1
For:Sheer velocity, technical achievement, daily driveability, the list goes on…
Against:It'll bite your face off if you treat it with disrespect. And the repair bill will be astronomic. Sold out.
What is it?
McLaren’s £866,000, 903bhp hybrid hypercar that promises to be the most involving car to drive on road and track. That’s a big claim. The heart is the familiar 3.8-litre V8 biturbo that sees duty in the 12C and 650S, but with bigger turbos to produce 727bhp and 531lb ft. The ‘leccy bit pushes out 176bhp and 192lb ft (twice the KERS system on a 2013 F1 car), and handily fills in the torque hole left by turbo lag. It all drives exclusively to the rear wheels via McLaren’s seven-speed twin-clutch, giving 0-62mph in 2.8secs and a quarter mile in 9.8secs @ 152mph. That’s ruddy quick. And it’ll run in pure electric mode when you want to go quietly, and plug in to the mains, too. Neat.