Brace Yourselves, McLaren’s Second-Generation Super Series Is Coming In Geneva
Let your imaginations start running wildby Kirby Garlitos, on
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.”
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%|
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.