McLaren Posts Record-Setting Sales Numbers In 2015
McLaren’s aggressive expansion plans isn’t happening by accident. The British automaker’s push to roll out new models is partly due to the company’s expanding business profile, which posted record-setting sales numbers for 2015, the third consecutive year that the company has experienced a sales growth.
A total of 1,654 cars were sold by McLaren all over the world, a 0.06 percent increase from its sales volume in 2014. The total is actually just five more than the 1,649 units it sold in 2014, but reading between the lines shows that McLaren’s sales trajectory is still pointed north. Of the total sales, North America accounted for the biggest piece of the pie with 519 units finding new homes throughout the region. McLaren’s dealership in Dallas, Texas posted the most number of McLarens sold among all of the automaker’s dealership all over the world.
That’s a good indication that the British automaker is beginning to get recognized in the U.S. and North America. That continues to be the case in 2016 where sales of McLaren models have continued to increase at a rapid pace. In the first six months of the year alone, 451 cars have already been sold and the company expects to eclipse last year’s total haul sometime in August, with the four “holiday” months still coming.
If that’s not enough to get Woking to smile from ear to ear, the arrival of the volume-driven Sports Series will likely boost McLaren’s sales even further, possibly doubling the total sales figures from last year. If the Sports Series lineup becomes a sales hit among McLaren’s loyal fan base, expectations are that close to 1,100 units will be sold in North America by year’s end, adding to the total projection of 3,000 sold units all over the world.
It’s a great time to be a part of McLaren with the success it’s been pulling in with the record sales. More importantly, this hot run is proof that the British automaker’s long-term Track22 plan is coming at the right time.
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2017 McLaren 570GT
Like the Super Series, which has included the 650S, 650S Spider, 675LT and a few other peripheral variants, McLaren’s entry-level Sports Series is set to expand well beyond the 2016 McLaren 570S and Euro-only 2016 McLaren 540C Coupes. Folding-hardtop Spider versions of both models are pretty much a given, but a more intriguing GT variant with enhanced luggage space was rumored ever since the Sports Series was announced. With the 2016 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner, McLaren decided to put an end to all speculation and unveiled the 570GT.
McLaren pitches its Sports Series vehicles as ultra-fast, daily driver sports cars in vein of the Porsche 911 Turbo — something you’d keep in your garage next to a BMW or Mercedes-Benz and drive to work on Fridays or on weekend back-road blasts. The 570S GT retains those values, but it is better suited for long, continent-crushing drives, thanks to a revised cabin, elongated panoramic roof, and more luggage space behind the seats. The biggest surprise about this car is that it retains the two-seat configuration of the 570S. Initial rumors claimed that the GT will feature a 2+2 seating configuration, but it turns out that McLaren isn’t planning on selling a four-seat sports car yet.
Like the 570S and 540C Coupes, the GT is developed around McLaren’s MonoCell II carbon-fiber tub and uses the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine. McLaren confirmed that the 570GT will be sold in the U.S. as well, with deliveries to commence in late 2016. Keep reading for more info.
Updated 05/25/2016: McLaren dropped a series of new images taken during the 570GT’s media launch event on the island of Tenerife. Check the "Pictures" tab to see them.
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2016 McLaren 570S GT4
In 2015, McLaren debuted the new Sports Series, a family of sports cars slotted below the Super Series and aimed at the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo. Having already launched three models, the 570S, 540C, and 570GT, the Brits are now pushing the Sports Series into motorsport territory with a track-only version called the 570S GT4.
As the name suggests, the race-bred coupe was developed to GT4 specifications, which makes it eligible for an array of European racing championships, including the GT4 European series. Created in conjunction with McLaren GT, the brand’s motorsports division, and GT racing specialists CRS GT Limited, the 570S GT4 will be raced in the 2016 season of the British GT championship. One example will be run by Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse before the car is homologated for GT4-spec championships globally and sold to customers for the 2017 season.
"The launch of the Sports Series has broadened McLaren to a new audience, introducing technologies to the sports car market and to a new group of customers. The 570S GT4 is doing the same in the motorsport world, and will bring the opportunity to own and race a McLaren -– previously limited to a very small number of people –- to a much wider group," said Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive.
Along with the new race car, McLaren also announced that it has appointed Ansar Ali as Motorsport Director. Former CEO of Caterham Cars and current chief of Zeos Cars, Ali will be responsible for on-going strategy and management of McLaren’s motorsport activities.
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Only two years after it launched the P1, its first supercar since the F1, and twelve months after it replaced the MP4-12C with the 650S, McLaren introduced the 570S Coupe at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Slotted below the 650S, the 570S gives McLaren access to a new segment and brings the company’s race-derived technologies to a new audience. With the 570S Coupe, McLaren adds the Porsche 911 Turbo to the roster of sports cars it will wage war against, and launches its new Sports Series family, which will expand to include at least five models.
Although it the smallest and least powerful, road-going McLaren yet, the 570S Coupe promises to be as exciting as any sports car coming from Woking. The coupe shares its DNA with both the 650S and P1, while also using a range of race-bred technologies that already debuted in previous models. In short, the 570S Coupe isn’t a lesser McLaren, but the company’s attempt to make its products available to a wider clientele and at a more affordable price. It’s part of McLaren’s recently announced plans to expand globally, and, by the looks of things, this new strategy is off to a great starts thanks to the 570S Coupe. Read more about it below.
Updated 12/02/2015: McLaren dropped a new promo video for its 570S showing the car in action on the track, the open road and in the town. Hit play to watch it!
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2017 McLaren Sports Series Shooting Brake
A company that used to build just one road-going sports car at a time until a couple of years ago, McLaren Automotive has evolved into a full-fledged automaker that now offers a full lineup of vehicles. Its current stable includes three series of sports cars and five nameplates (not including roadsters and track-prepped versions), but McLaren won’t stop here just yet. New models are set to follow until 2018, including a rebodied version of the Sports Series family, which currently includes the 540C and 570S.
The said, model is still a mystery as of this writing, but Frank Stephenson — the company’s Director of Design — has described it as a model that aims to attract "a different sort of buyer," giving rise to speculation that McLaren might be working on a shooting brake.
"I won’t deny or confirm but it could be an interesting way to go because that segment needs space," Stephenson told Drive in October 2015, adding that "the 570S will attract one type of client and the 570-’Blank’ will attract a different sort of buyer."
McLaren has yet to say when its most practical sports car will arrive, but word has it that an official launch could take place as early as March 2016, at the Geneva Motor Show. Even though McLaren has yet to confirm such a body style, we went ahead and rendered a shooting brake based on the current Sports Series. Keep reading to find out more about it.
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The 2016 McLaren 570S and 2016 McLaren 540C are only the beginning for McLaren’s Sports Series of entry-level sports cars. The company announced today that two new Sports Series body styles are on the way, the first coming in 2016 and the second in 2017. The first is likely to be the McLaren Gran Turismo we covered recently.
The Gran Turismo will be a more luxurious take on the 570S, with a more cosseting ride calibrated for long-distance drives, and a full-glass panoramic roof that allows improved storage space and visibility. Expect the interior to have comfier, less sport-oriented seats and more leather and Alcantara surfaces. The 563-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 from the 570S is likely to be carried over unchanged, but the overall ride quality will be softer. Expect the Gran Turismo to cost around $200,000 when it’s introduced in 2016.
As for the second 2017 model, that’s anyone’s guess, but a 570S Spider or stripped-out road-racer variant both seem likely. Like the 2015 McLaren 650S Spider, the 570S Spider would use a two-piece mechanical folding hardtop. Thanks to the ultra-stiff MonoCell carbon-fiber tub used in all McLarens, no chassis reinforcement would be required, and the convertible mechanism would only add about 90 pounds to the overall curb weight.
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McLaren is set to add a third car to its entry-level Sports Series lineup, which already includes the 2016 McLaren 570S and 2016 McLaren 540C, but unlike those cars, the new variant will be a more well-appointed luxury version with an elongated, full-glass roof that cuts a fastback profile. Appropriately, the new car could be called the McLaren Gran Turismo.
According to Automobile, the McLaren GT will be built around same basic carbon-fiber MonoCell II tub from the Sports Series cars, as well as the 2015 McLaren 650S and 2014 McLaren P1 and use the same 562-horsepower, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 found in the 570S. The same adaptive damper suspension system is likely to be carried over with a more compliant setup and selectable Normal, Sport and Track handling modes.
Comfier seats, higher levels of luxury and more leather and Alcantara surfaces in the McLaren Gran Tursimo’s cabin will make it better suited for enjoying long-distance journeys. The additional space afforded by the longer roof also allows for extra storage space behind the headrest and better rear visibility.
Given the new roof and more opulent interior, expect the McLaren Gran Turismo to cost more than the $184,900 570S. We should get out first look sometime in 2016.
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McLaren is doing all it can to make its vehicles more accessible to the public, and the lineup set to springboard this effort is the Sports Series. At the 2015 New York Auto Show, the first of the Sports Series models, the 2016 570S, debuted with its 562-horsepower V-8 and $184,900 price tag. Less than a month later, at the Shanghai Auto Show, the Brits introduced the less-expensive 540C version.
The 540C is essentially a detuned and more accessible 570S, in terms of premium features. As its name implies, the 540C has less power than the 570S, but it’s still quite the performer. The real test is whether it can hang with the big-boys of this segment, like the 911 Turbo and the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. In the meantime, let’s have a closer look at the fourth new McLaren to break cover in 2015 (quite an achievement for the manufacturer).
Updated 04/20/2015: McLaren officially unveiled the second model in the Sports Series lineup at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. The model will be put on sale in early 2016, with prices on the British market starting from £126,000 - or about $188,000 at the current exchange rates.
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With the 2015 New York Auto Show just around the corner, the first unofficial details surrounding McLaren’s upcoming Sports Series surfaced on the Interwebz. We already knew that the new sports cars will be sold as an the entry-level "C" variant and a more powerful "S" model, but a new report from Autogespot.com tells us these cars will be named 540C and 570S. It might not sound like much since McLaren already confirmed it will continue to use numbers for its models, but the big news here is that these badges probably also reveal the output of the vehicles wearing them.
As we already know from the 650S and 675LT, the figure in the official name stands for the car’s PS output. That means the entry-level 540C should have 540 PS (532 horsepower), while the 570S will arrive with 570 PS (562 horsepower) on tap. The report goes on to say that the 570S will tip the scales at 1,313 kg (2,894 pounds) and hit 62 mph from a standing start in 3.2 seconds, while 0 to 124 mph will take 9.5 ticks. Top speed will be 203 mph, making the 570S faster than the most powerful Porsche 911.
Keep in mind that these names and figures have yet to be confirmed by McLaren, but we should find out more at NYIAS in April. Keep it locked here for more info.
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The 2015 Geneva Motor Show has been quite the important event for McLaren Automotive, which had no fewer than three cars on display. Bringing three models to an auto show might be business as usual for the likes of BMW or Audi, but, for McLaren, a company that sells only two models as of March 2015, that’s quite an achievement. The P1 GTR, the 675LT and the
winning F1 GTR made for an awesome display at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, but the event was also a great opportunity to find out more about the company’s upcoming Sports Series. With the 675LT and the P1 GTR already out in the open, the Sports Series is the next big thing from McLaren thing to keep your eye on.
Very little is known about the entry-level sports car, aside from the fact that it will compete against the Porsche 911, but as the New York Auto Show draws near, new details are surfacing. The latest batch of valuable info comes straight from McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt, who, while having a chat with Car & Driver on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show, revealed the new Sports Series will expand McLaren’s model lineup further than most of us imagined. Specifically, while the 650S spawned a coupe, a roadster, a detuned version, and a race version, the Sports Series could include six family members.
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The upcoming 2016 McLaren Sports Series, the company’s entry-level sports car that’s set to debut this year, will eventually arrive in dealerships in four different versions. That’s the word from Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, which sheds a bit more light on McLaren’s new product to slot below the fantastic 650S. The report also claims the first member of the new sports car line will break cover in April 2015, at the New York Auto Show, with deliveries to commence in the third quarter of the year.
The sports car will debut on American soil as a coupe, with a Spider variant to show up next. The two will then be joined by a lighter, track-focused version — this one is likely to use the recently revived GTR badge, De Telegraaf notes — and a GT model with emphasis on comfort rather that sportiness. Not many details are provided, but the report says the Sports Series GTR will be aimed at the Porsche 911 GT3, which is likely to be the case given the standard coupe will be aimed at the 911 Turbo.
As for the GT version, we are told it will offer extra luggage room in the engine compartment, with access via a side opening. The McLaren F1 offered something similar, but it’s unclear whether the Sports Series GT will be equipped with large openings in the rear fenders or employ a different solution altogether.
There’s no unveil info for any of the aforementioned versions except the coupe, but it’s safe to assume that all four iterations of the Sports Series will be in showrooms by 2018.
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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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