2016 McLaren P1 GTR Specs, Price and Review

The 2016 McLaren P1 GTR made its debut at last Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, previewing a nearly ready car which will be produced and maintained by special operation branch of McLaren Automotive. The new P1 GTR will be available sometime in 2015 only for the existing P1 customer. From appearance wise, we bet that you’ll fall in love with how the rear end designed!

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The new P1 GTR will start deliveries next year to mark the 20th anniversary of the F1 GTR’s win at Le Mans, but a version—technically a design prototype—is being shown this weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. As a nod to the original F1 GTR, the new P1 GTR being shown features a distinctive orange and silver livery that the F1 GTR with chassis #01R wore during its testing phase decades ago.

Exterior

While the road-legal P1 is one of the most aerodynamic supercars available today, McLaren has managed to take it even further with the race-inspired body kit that adorns the GTR.

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Modifications begin up front, where a new bumper and a huge splitter replace the standard pieces. The separate bumper that lies right beneath the front bonnet and headlamps has been reshaped and now hosts a larger radiator. A bigger, GT-style splitter sticks out below the bumper and connect with the active aerodynamic flaps and the newly designed air ducts ahead of the front wheels.

Around back, the P1 GTR becomes even sexier. The pieces covering the rear fascia and the area between the central-mounted exhaust and carbon-fiber diffuser have been ditched altogether. The supercar’s rear internals are now exposed, emphasizing the vehicle’s aggressive and racy character. The remainder of the rear body panels and the diffuser have been revised as well, but the biggest addition is the fixed wing that extends to the full width of the P1 and it’s almost as high as the roofline. The large wing works in conjunction with the new diffuser for enhanced downforce and grip levels. Rounding off the rear section is a brand-new exhaust system which includes a straight-cut, twin-pipe setup. Developed exclusively for the P1 GTR, the new exhaust system is made from inconel and titanium alloy.

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Interior

The P1 GTR’s interior is as track-focused as it gets. The carbon-fiber MonoCage chassis is carried over from the road car, but most of its amenities have been removed in order to shave more weight from the vehicle. As a result, the whole structure weighs only 198.4 pounds (90 kg), a figure that also includes the roof, roof snorkel, engine air intake cavity, battery, and electronics housing. Making things even better is that the race car sees no reduction in headroom for the driver, as the rollcage is incorporated into the MonoCage architecture.

The main highlight of the interior is the brand-new, race-spec steering wheel. The unit has been designed to make all controls as easily accessible as possible, with all of the mode switches located in the center of the wheel. This allows drivers to adjust the setup and characteristics of the P1 GTR without having to take their hands off the wheel, thus remaining focused on the track ahead. Based on the steering wheel of the McLaren MP4-23 Formula One car, the unit is also equipped with DRS and IPAS buttons, both of which can be operated with race gloves on.

Other features that are not available on the road car include lightweight, DTM-style seats with six-point harnesses. The carbon-fiber seats are tailored to suit each driver’s needs and are mounted directly to the chassis. Unlike most of today’s race cars, the P1 GT3 retains the air-conditioning system offered in the road-going supercar.

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Powertrain

The P1’s already powerful drivetrain has been updated to deliver even more horsepower. The output now sits at 986 ponies, 83 more than the street-legal supercar. The additional power comes from the motorsport-optimized 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 and a lightweight electric motor. Transmission details have yet to be released, but our best guess is the GTR will keep the P1’s seven-speed, twin-clutch automatic. The autobox is likely to receive revised internals for quicker shifts.

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As far as performance figures go, expect the P1 GTR to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in as low as 2.4 seconds, a 0.2-second improvement compared to the standard P1. Top speed should remain unchanged at 217 mph.

Yes, the P1 GTR will only be offered to existing P1 customers and there will be far fewer than the 375 P1s destined to be built. Exact production numbers are still to be determined, but will be strictly limited, and production will only commence once the last of the regular P1s are built. McLaren says the decision to build the car is in response to demand from P1 owners, but it’s also a nice little way for McLaren to earn a little additional return on its investment in the P1 project as well as provide a response to Ferrari’s upcoming LaFerrari XX.

Price

The 2016 McLaren P1 GTR will surely come with ultra expensive price. McLaren has set the pricing at £1.98 million or around $3.36 million, or we can say it’s two times more expensive that the road-legal version of P1. By owning P1 GTR, the customer will have an access to participate in exclusive driving events on some of the most iconic circuits in the world, with specialist vehicle support. The program will include private consultations with the McLaren driver-fitness team and company design director Frank Stephenson, as well as access to one of McLaren’s dedicated racing simulators.

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