Hybrid supercar McLaren will receive a V6 engineOctober 12, 2020
The British supercar will be powered by a six-cylinder internal combustion engine and an electric motor.
McLaren Automotive’s upcoming plug-in hybrid supercar is a key model in the brand’s transition to an all-electric range. According to the available information, it will be equipped with the first British V6, developed in-house by the brand’s engineers.
In August, McLaren announced that the unnamed model, codenamed P16, would be built on a new architecture specifically designed for hybrid powertrains. The automaker has since called the platform the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture.
While the new model is not the automaker’s first hybrid – the P16 took over from the P1 and Speedtail hypercars – it will be the first McLaren with a V6 engine. McLaren uses V8 engines in their cars, with the exception of the iconic F1 of the 1990s, which used a V12 from BMW.
McLaren has yet to declassify the technical data of the new product, did not reveal the power or the electric range, but CEO Mike Flyitt said in August that the car can travel on a single charge up to 31 km and the battery charging time is 3-4 hours. The electric motor is located between the traditional internal combustion engine and the gearbox.
As with other vehicles in the industry, the launch of the plug-in hybrid has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. McLaren plans to begin deliveries around May, more than six months after the scheduled date. McLaren said the plug-in hybrid supercar will sit between the GT and 720S in its lineup.
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