McLaren Sports Series, Once Known as the P13, Will Debut in 2015
McLaren’s sports car lineup will receive yet another member in 2015, the British manufacturer confirmed today, adding that the next vehicle to be unveiled will slot below the 650S. Codenamed P13 and previously believed to carry the 500S moniker, McLaren’s upcoming entry-level sports car will carry the Sports Series nameplate, the Brits said in a press release. The vehicle is slated to make its world debut in the second quarter of 2015 and will cater more to the sports car segment than the supercar realm.
While confirming the Sports Series, McLaren also launched the Black Swan campaign, which includes a series of 13 teasers that include game-changing "moments from around the world and within McLaren’s." Also, the British manufacturer will use the hashtag #BlackSwanMoments "to tell stories that have truly changed and challenged people’s beliefs."
The Sports Series is still somewhat of a mystery as of this writing, but McLaren did say it will follow into the footsteps of the P1 and 650S by including Formula One technologies and state-of-the-art construction techniques. Like the rest of the current McLaren lineup, it will feature a carbon-fiber chassis and a mid-mounted V-8 engine.
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Why it matters
Things at McLaren Automotive are evolving incredibly fast nowadays. By 2010, the company had developed only two vehicles, the impressive F1 and the SLR that it jointly developed with Mercedes-Benz, and now the past four years have brought three brand-new vehicles to the market. McLaren’s new business plan includes a new model each year by 2019, and things are already underway with the P1 supercar launched in 2013 and the 650S introduced in 2014. The trend is apparently set to continue next year, when the Sports Series becomes the third sports car launched in three years.
With a lineup that includes three different nameplates and with a racing program underway, the British manufacturer is definitely headed in the right direction. Give McLaren a few more years and we might see it pose a threat to the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.
The sports car will go into production right after the last P1 supercar leaves the assembly line and will slot below the 650S. Developed as a more affordable sports car to challenge the mighty Porsche 911, the Sports Series will borrow several styling cues from the 650S, which, in turn, is inspired by both the P1 and the discontinued MP4-12C. Much like the 650S and its predecessor, the Sports Series will be built and sold in several versions.
Likely to be launched as a coupe, the new sports car will then receive a spyder body style, as well as a track-prepped version. Word has it McLaren is also working on a GT style model that features a trunk area at the rear of the car, but the Brits have yet to confirm it.
As far as power goes, the Sports Series will be motivated by the company’s award-winning 3.8-liter V-8. We expect the twin-turbo to generate anywhere from 400 to 500 horsepower, making it a potent competitor for the Porsche 911. Pricing is rumored to sit at around $210,000, making it the most affordable McLaren yet, but more expensive than its German rival.