The 650S replacement was spotted almost three months ago without any sort of disguise on it, but this time around McLaren decided to apply a heavy amount of camouflage on the test mule. Even so, we can easily observe the sleek LED taillights and different engine cover, while the dual exhaust tips resemble those of the 675LT. Overall, the car will adopt a sharper and more aerodynamic body with cues from the sold-out P1 and with a pair of very slim LED headlights.
Filmed with an iPhone in U.K. near Chichester, the video doesn’t show the interior cabin, but spy shots from late October have revealed McLaren has plans to go with a simplified instrument cluster with a race car-like small rectangular digital display.
Codenamed “P14,” the new model from Woking will retain the biturbo 3.8-liter V8 engine, which you can hear at 2:53 into the video providing its powerful soundtrack. McLaren has made it clear the car’s name won’t begin with “7” and that means output will not hit the 700-hp mark. A bump over the 650 PS (641 hp / 478 kW) and 500 pound-feet (678 newton meters) available in the 650S is expected, with some saying it might be somewhere in the region of 675LT’s power of 675 PS (666 hp / 496 kW) and 515 lb-ft (700 Nm).
Besides getting a stronger version of the eight-cylinder mill, the 650S successor will use an evolution of McLaren’s proprietary MonoCell carbon fiber tub. It remains to be seen whether the “P14” will lose some weight compared to the 650S Coupe, which tips the scales at 1,330 kilograms (2,932 pounds, dry).
We have checked the test mule’s license plate with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), but there’s not much info there other than the fact it was registered as an orange McLaren on November 1st.
A public debut is scheduled for March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show, but rumor has it McLaren is already taking deposits and will release some details and images in February. According to folks from the McLaren Life forums, the car has been shown during a private event with a white body, black roof, and plenty of carbon fiber bits, but without any badges as these would have revealed the output.