Let your imaginations start running wild

At a time when the battle for supercar supremacy is at its most intense, it’s nice to see a company like McLaren lace up its boots and throw itself into the "battle royale" with a brand-new model that has saved the date for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Not much is known about the model, but the British brand wasted little time identifying it as the second-generation Super Series, and the first of the 15 new cars it plans roll out as part of its Track22 Business Plan. That means that said mystery model could either be a replacement for the 650S or the 675LT, the two inhabitants of McLaren’s Super Series line.

One thing we do know is that this new model will make use of an all-new chassis that will be partly made up of the brand’s new “Monocage II” carbon tub, which McLaren is showing us in the picture above. Beyond the company’s proclamation that the tub will have a carbon fiber central structure, it will also weigh significantly less than the carbon fiber and metal architecture that populated the first-gem Super Series line. All told, Monocage II will help the new car weigh just 1,283 kg (2,828 pounds) at its lightest dry weight, making it 18 kilos (almost 40 pounds) lighter than the existing 650S with “comparable specification.”

So take this nugget of information with you as you start imagining what the second-generation Super Series is going to look like. I for one have a particularly vivid image in mind, but like most people with little to no drawing skills, I’ll keep my interpretation of this new supercar in my head and just wait for McLaren to reveal the real deal at the Geneva Motor Show.

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A new era of McLaren is about to start

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about this new McLaren, not the least of which is the fact that it’s a new supercar and we can’t get enough of those these days. But more than that, the second-generation Super Series is also the start of a multi-year plan by McLaren to bring 15 – 15!!! – new modes into the fold. If this doesn’t count as a belated Christmas present for all of us, I don’t know what does.

Don’t let my giddiness influence you though because I’m pretty sure that you’re just as excited as I am about it already. It certainly helps build the anticipation even more when you have somebody like Mike Flewitt, who just happens to be McLaren’s CEO, tout the upcoming debut of the car by saying that “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.”

So bring it on, McLaren. It’s likely that this model will replace either the 650S or 675LT so spare us the anxiety by telling us already. Or, you know, we can wait until Geneva. No pressure.

McLaren 650S and McLaren 675LT - drivetrain specifications

McLaren 650S McLaren 675LT
Engine 3.8-Liter V-8 Twin Turbo 3.8-Liter V-8 Twin Turbo
Power 641 HP @ 7,250 RPM 666 HP @ 7,100 RPM
Torque 500 LB-FT @ 6,000 RPM 516 LB-FT @ 5,500-6,500 RPM
Transmission Seven-Speed Dual Clutch Seven-Speed SSG
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.0 seconds 2.9 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 8.4 seconds 7.9 seconds
Top Speed 207 mph 205 mph
Weight 3,148 Lbs 2,927 Lbs
Weight distribution (Front/Rear) 42.5%/57.5% 42.5%/57.5%
2018 McLaren 720S Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full review on the second generation McLaren Super Series here.

Read our full review on the McLaren 650S here.

Read our full review on the McLaren 675LT here.

Press Release

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.

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