Most folks that have observed, driven and experienced the McLaren F1 can agree on one thing: It is one of the great supercars of all time, and, at the time it was the ultimate vehicle.
Hell, some even argue it is STILL the ultimate supercar -- on the road and on the track.
Now though the time has come for McLaren to best its initial effort. That, my friends, takes form in the McLaren P1 set to debut at the Paris Motor Show.
Don't get too far ahead of yourselves though, the P1 to be seen at the end of the month is merely a design study. Next year comes a production variant and within 12 months, McLaren says it will hit the market.
The P1 has some plenty big shoes to fill, especially being the successor to the all-too famous F1.
That being said, we want to know: Do YOU think the all-new McLaren P1 is a STUD or a DUD?
McLaren's press release follows:
McLaren releases three images of its new supercar, the P1
McLaren Automotive will use its first ever international motor show appearance to preview its next generation ultimate supercar – the P1 – which takes much of its technological and spiritual inspiration from the company's Racing division. P1 has one simple goal: to be the best driver's car in the world on road and track.
At the Paris Motor Show, Mondial de l'Automobile 2012, P1 is previewed as a design study. Next year a production version, which the company aims to put on sale within 12 months, will be revealed.
'P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage,' says McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman Ron Dennis. 'Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with P1 is to redefine it once again.'
'Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit', says McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff. 'It is the true test of a supercar's all round ability and a much more important technical statement. It will be the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made.'
When P1 goes into production later next year, it will sit above the 12C and 12C Spider, in terms of both price and performance.
More information will be released following the McLaren Automotive press conference scheduled for 17.45 CEST (16.45 BST), on Thursday 27 September 2012.