Hybrid McLaren P1 can hit 350km/h, would cost at least $1.6 million in Oz

That’s assuming, of course, that it’ll ever be sold here officially. A pretty tall order considering our small market and the fact that production will be limited to just 375 cars.


If your bags are filled with money, don’t let us dissuade you though. Because what you get for the £866,000 list price in the UK — in our rough calculations that translated to around A$1.6 million after luxury car tax, GST and tariffs are applied — is a road and track ready car that can hit an electronically governed top speed of 350km/h. Foot to the floor you can do the 0 to 100km/h test in under 3 seconds, hit 200km/h in below 7 seconds and send the needle to 300km/h in a smidge under 17 seconds.

Behind the driver and solitary passenger there’s a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 teamed up with an electric motor. Together they can send 673kW (903hp) of power and 900Nm of torque to the rear wheels. If you’re so inclined the car can be motivated solely by electric power. In fact if you keep your average speed to around 48km/h (30mph), McLaren says the P1 can do around 10km of electric only range. Alternatively the electric engine can provide a little extra straight line speed.

To keep the P1 on the road, and not heading into a verge, the car is fitted with specially developed Pirelli tyres and a set of unique Akebono carbon ceramic disc brakes.

There’s no official options list, but McLaren will happily make the car to your bespoke specifications and even created you a set of fitted luggage if you (and your bank account) so desire.


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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]