Top 10 High Horsepower Sports cars

3) McLaren P1

McLaren P1
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The McLaren P1 debuted in 2012 and succeeded McLaren’s iconic supercar, the F1. The car’s production version was launched in 2013. Only 375 units were ever produced and despite a price tag of US $1,350,000 each, they all sold out quickly.

The P1 was fitted with a speed limiter which capped its top speed to 217 mph. With the limiter removed the car could go to up to 249 mph (401 km/h). Installing the limiter meant less top speed than the F1, despite having more power. However the P1 was an improvement over the F1 in all other respects, notably the driving experience.

The P1’s technology, design and performance draw comparisons with the Porsche 918 and Ferrari’s LaFerrari. The P1 packed a 3.8 litre V8 petrol engine which produced 727 bhp using the twin turbochargers. This was further enhanced by an electric motor producing another 177 bhp. The combined peak output was 904 bhp and 723 lb·ft of torque. The electric motor could operate in auto mode or in manual, when the driver could choose when to turn it on. The car could also run for 10 km on pure battery power. The P1 accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds flat. Most cars cannot even brake that fast.

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