It will have a lower center of gravity and is going to provide better access inside the overhauled cabin.
Codenamed “P14,” the new McLaren part of the company’s second-generation Super Series will serve as a direct replacement of the 650S Coupe. The Woking-based marque has published today the first details of its new supercar set to feature a carbon fiber Monocage II body structure, which will bring not only a weight loss, but also increased strength and rigidity.
Tipping the scales at 1,283 kilograms (2,828 pounds) without any fluids, the P14 is going to be 18 kg (40 lbs) lighter than the outgoing 650S, prompting McLaren to say it’s new model is going to be the lightest in the segment. Besides going through a healthy diet, the first of 15 new cars mentioned in the company’s Track22 business plan will also feature a lower center of gravity to boost handling and stability.
Not only that, but getting inside the 650S successor will be easier thanks to a wider cabin entrance and lower side sills. McLaren goes on to specify the “P14” is going to provide the driver with “excellent all-round visibility,” thus making the supercar easier to live with on a daily basis. At an additional cost, buyers will be able to tick the “Visible Monocage” box on the options list that will bring an exposed carbon fiber look on the inside section of the A-pillars.
Official details about what will power it have not been disclosed, but it will likely be an evolution of the biturbo V8. McLaren’s engineers are probably massaging the 3.8-liter unit to deliver more than the 650 horsepower (478 kilowatts) and 500 pound-feet (678 Newton-meters) of torque accessible in the aforementioned 650S. Rumor has it the model in question is going to be called 720S, which would imply the V8 will be dialed to a mighty 720 hp (537 kW) following an increase in displacement to four liters. That being said, it’s better to wait for an official statement on the matter.
McLaren will debut the 650S successor on March 7 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, with full details, images, and pricing to be disclosed the same month. At some point in 2018, a Spider version will likely join the lineup.
Gallery: McLaren P14 spy photos
McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE ANNOUNCES SECOND-GENERATION SUPER SERIES, THE NEW CORE OF THE McLAREN BRAND
- New McLaren supercar will debut on March 7 at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show
- Second generation of the Super Series is McLaren Automotive’s first-ever replacement of a product family and the first of the 15 new cars defined in the company’s Track22 Business Plan
- New carbon fibre Monocage II body structure delivers extreme strength and contributes to the car’s light weight
A new era will begin for McLaren Automotive this March with the launch of the second generation of its Super Series at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. The first of the 15 new cars cited in the company’s Track22 Business Plan, the second-generation Super Series is also the first replacement of a product family by the British manufacturer of luxury sports and supercars.
“Super Series is the core of the McLaren business and personifies the blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren heartland,” explained McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt. “This is the first time we have replaced a product family and the new Super Series will be absolutely true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment.”
The new Super Series is created around an ultra-lightweight, carbon fibre central structure. Immensely rigid, yet weighing less than the carbon fibre and metal cockpit architecture of the first-generation Super Series, the Monocage II contributes to a lightest dry weight of just 1,283kg for the new car – lower than the closest competitor and 18kg lighter than a McLaren 650S with comparable specification.
The development of Monocage II has allowed McLaren to incorporate a wider cabin entrance and lower sill to improve access into a driver environment that will offer excellent all-round visibility. The new chassis structure also enables a lower centre of gravity, further sharpening the dynamic performance of the new Super Series. Owners wishing to showcase the carbon-fibre construction chassis can specify a ‘Visible Monocage’ option that exposes the material on the inside area of the A-pillar.
The Super Series lineage began in 2011 with the launch of the groundbreaking 12C. The 12C Spider followed in 2012 and in 2014 McLaren introduced the 650S Coupé and 650S Spider. The first generation of the McLaren Super Series was further expanded in 2015 with the launch of the limited edition 675LT Coupé and 675LT Spider.
Full details of the new, second-generation Super Series will be confirmed in March, when further images and pricing will also be available.