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by George Skentzos

The McLaren nameplate is set to make a return next year with the P11 supercar nearing the end of its development process, caught cold-weather testing in Sweden recently.

Unlike the original world-beating McLaren F1, the new P11 is intended only as a spiritual successor to the Mercedes-McLaren SLR that has now completed its production run.

Its performance will be similar to the Ferrari F430, although a potentially Veyron-rivalling successor to the iconic F1 is also reportedly in the works.

2010 McLaren P11 supercar spied

Few technical details have been confirmed, but speculation suggests a Mercedes-sourced V8 engine, possibly the 6.3-litre AMG unit, is likely to power the new supercar, coupled with a Formula One-style paddle-shift transmission.

2010 McLaren P11 supercar spied

Though heavily camouflaged, its silhouette does resemble previously leaked concept renderings which hint at the design of the final production model.