2020 McLaren Elva
The 2021 McLaren Elva is a brand-new supercar that the British firm added to its Ultimate Series lineup, alongside the Senna and the Speedtail. A two-seat open-cockpit design, it’s inspired by a series of race cars built by Bruce McLaren in the 1960s under the McLaren-Elva name. It’s McLaren’s first open-cockpit road car and its lightest road-going vehicle yet. A track-ready roadster with an aerodynamic design, the 2021 Elva features the most powerful iteration of McLaren’s twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine. Rated at 804 horsepower, it slots above the Senna in terms of power and falls behind only the Speedtail hybrid. Let’s find out more about this beast in the review below.
The McLaren Artura Is Fast, But Not Fast Enough to Be a Dodge Challenger
The Artura is the stepping stone for McLaren moving into the future. It is the third hybrid model (behind the P1 and the Speedtail) and the first plug-in hybrid to roll out of the automaker’s factory. There was a lot of buzz surrounding its powertrain, but a few months into the launch, we now have some stats that give us an idea of how good (or bad) the Artura is.
As it turns out, the supercar can hit 60 mph from rest in three seconds flat and quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds. Impressive? Oh yes. However, it’s not as quick as the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock to a quarter-mile.
1993 McLaren F1
Update: The Spiritual Successor to the McLaren F1 - the Gordon Murrage T.50 - has launched with a similar three-seat configuration and ultra-lightweight, Cosworth-built engine, and the most impressive aerodynamic system of any supercar on the market today. Check out our full review of the Gordon Murray T.50 or all of our recent coverage of it
The McLaren F1 was unveiled in May 1992 and was the company’s first road-going production car. The idea was born in the late 1980s, when Gordon Murray, the technical director of McLaren’s Formula One, began sketching the F1 as a three-seat supercar. Appointed as head of McLaren Cars in 1991, Murray convinced Ron Dennis to build the vehicle and played a key role in the design of the F1. It was unlike any other supercar launched up to that point. It had a race-inspired design, a three-seat configuration with the driver seat in the middle, and a comfortable ride for a vehicle of its kind. It was also the first production car to use a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and the first to bring high-tech and expensive materials such as titanium, magnesium, Kevlar, and gold under the same roof.
Not only powerful and quick, the F1 was also the world’s fastest production car. Its record endured from 1992 until 2005, when Bugatti unleashed the ludicrous Veyron. The F1 spawned a couple of special-edition models such as the LM and the GT, but it was also used as a base for the GTR race car. Essentially a standard F1 with aerodynamic improvements, the GTR went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its first year on the race track.
Some 25 years have passed since its introduction and the F1 is already considered a classic. Usually changing owners for millions of dollars, the F1 is one of the very few multi-million-dollar supercars built in the 1990s.
First Walkaround Video Shows Just How Awesome The McLaren Artura Is
When McLaren woke up from its sleep in 2010 and started churning out fantastic supercars, some said it will only be temporary. One decade later, McLaren is still doing its thing, combining sleek-looking, low-slung cars with insane performance. With the Artura, the supercar maker managed to prove yet another thing: it is not afraid to switch it up every now and then just as it is not afraid to play with new tech.
Watch The World’s Quickest Ferrari F8 Tributo Take on a McLaren 765LT
This One-Off McLaren Senna Merlin Goes To Show Just How Magical MSO Really Is
A one-off McLaren Senna that’s been customized by McLaren Special Operations is up for auction on Bring A Trailer. The unit, number 401 of the 500 Sennas made, is unique for several reasons, none more significant than the “Merlin” name it’s been bestowed. The one-of-a-kind Senna “Merlin” currently has a bid of $900,000 with eight days left in the auction.
The First In-Depth Look At The McLaren Sabre Will Rub You In All The Right Ways
The Sabre is McLaren’s most powerful non-hybrid supercar, only 15 units are slated for production, and it was built by MSO. Can it get more special than that? Well, yes. The answer is yes.
Rumor has it that the McLaren Sabre can hit 218 mph. We’re not surprised, given that it looks like the Senna and the Speedtail had a child. However, there’s more than meets the eye.
Everything You Need to Know About The McLaren Senna
Named after beloved Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna, the McLaren Senna is an Ultimate Series model sharing apex predator status with the likes of Elva, P1, and Speedtail in the British supercar maker’s lineup.
At the same time, the Senna is part of a new breed of supercars that feature F1-derived technology, so it’s basically a competitor for the likes of Mercedes-AMG One and Aston Martin Valkyrie. As a result, it’s brimming with features that make it both unique and a beast on the road or on the track. Stick around for an in-depth run-through of the Senna’s quirks and specs.
2021 McLaren Sabre
The 2021 McLaren Sabre is a limited-edition supercar that the British company designed specifically for the U.S. market. Likely based on the Senna, the 2021 Sabre features an extremely aerodynamic body and hides a twin-turbo V-8 engine under the hood. Rated at 824 horsepower, it’s the most powerful V-8 from McLaren and makes the Sabre the brand’s most potent non-hybrid supercar. McLaren will build only 15 Sabres and all of them are already spoken for. What sets it apart from other supercars in McLaren’s stable? Let’s find out in the review below.
The Sabre Is The Most Powerful Non-Hybrid Supercar McLaren Has Ever Built
McLaren is currently working on several projects, including replacements for its current lineups and brand-new hybrid models. But it’s also developing new gasoline-only supercars. One such example is the Sabre, which just debuted as an U.S.-exclusive model with aggressive aerodynamics, big V-8 power, and an impressive top speed. It’s also limited to just 15 units, which makes it the most exclusive McLaren ever built.
A Ferrari F40 and a McLaren P1? You HAVE To See This Drag Race
The McLaren P1 could very well be the Naomi Campbell of supercars. With such sleek, perfectly rounded shapes, the spiritual successor of the F1 looks better today, six years from its inception, than pretty much ever new car we can think of.
The Ferrari F40, launched by Maranello to mark four decades in the business of making thrilling sports cars, was a declaration of turbo force as much as it was a design masterpiece.
And now, the two are locking horns in a drag race.
Surprise - There’s More Life In The McLaren 765LT Than We All Thought
The McLaren 765LT, the track-focused version of the 720S, was unveiled in early March 2020, a couple of weeks before the world went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Come September, and the 765LT is finally going into production, with the first hand-built examples to be delivered by the end of the month. And McLaren’s announcement comes with good news for its customers: the 765LT is a bit quicker than previously claimed.
Production Cuts Hint That There Isn’t Enough Interest In the McLaren Elva
The McLaren Elva was unveiled in November 2019 with a production run of 399 units. In April 2020, the British company said that production will be reduced to just 249 examples due to feedback from customers who thought that the Elva wasn’t exclusive enough.
Come September 2020 and McLaren is cutting production numbers of the supercar even more, to only 149 units. The company says the reduction is the result of the "production shutdown experienced during the global Covid-19 pandemic," but maybe the Elva isn’t as desirable as McLaren through.
2020 McLaren P1 GTR-18 by Lanzante
The McLaren P1 GTR-18 is an aftermarket conversion of the McLaren P1 supercar performed by Lanzante. The package is essentially an exterior upgrade that enhances aerodynamics, but the cars are also finished in historic racing liveries. Now specialized in servicing and restoration of classic cars, Lanzante used to run its own motorsport team, including the one that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans with a McLaren F1 GTR under Kokusai Kaihatsu sponsorship. In 2016, Lanzante converted six P1 GTR models to road-legal specs and called them the P1 LM. The P1 GTR-18 is thus Lanzante’s second project based on the P1.
Here’s the Interesting Story Behind the McLaren Senna GTR’s Massive Rear Wing
McLaren was quick to reveal the Senna GTR just 12 months after it showed it in prototype guise. Despite sharing the same name with the road-going supercar, the fully-fledged race car was fitted with a rethinked body kit that focuses heavily on generating more downforce at lower speeds.
Part of this new body kit is the ginormous rear wing that dominates the rear section of the Senna GTR. And the wing itself has its own story.
Instead of Buying a McLaren 765LT, Just Gat a Base 720S and a Porsche 718
McLaren just announced U.S. pricing information for the 765LT, and it costs quite a pretty penny at $358,000. That’s a notable premium over the base 720S, which retails from around $300,000 before options. Needless to say, for the price of 765LT, you can buy a 720S, which is still awesome, and still have enough money for a second sports car, like the Porsche 718.
2019 McLaren 765LT
The 2021 McLaren 765LT is the range-topping version of the company’s Super Series family, built around the 720S core model. Essentially a successor to the 675LT, the 2021 765LT is yet another tribute to the McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, a race car fitted with an elongated body for enhanced aerodynamics. The 2021 765LT shares many components with the familiar 720S, but it features a more aggressive aero package with carbon-fiber components, a race-focused interior, and a more powerful engine. As the name suggests, the V-8 engine cranks out 765 PS, which converts to 755 horsepower, 45 more than the regular 720S.
Watch a McLaren Senna Almost Take Flight on an Old Space Shuttle Runway
From the first time it surfaced online to the present day, the McLaren Senna has been the subject of numerous track battles, road trips, and standalone reviews. They’re all well-documented through articles or videos, but there’s never been an instance where the supercar is let to stretch its legs freely and make the most out of its V-8. Or should we say… spread its wings and take off?
Someone took a Senna for a standing mile top speed test at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds runway to see if the McLaren-declared top speed of 208 mph is indeed attainable in real life.
On a Circuit, the McLaren Speedtail Is Like the 720S... Minus 10, 15 Percent
After the likes of P1 and Senna, the Speedtail is the third member of McLaren’s Ultimate Series. It comes wrapped as a hybrid hyper grand tourer and it recently proved its mettle in a straight line, where it hit 403 km/h (250 mph) more than 30 times during pre-production testing.
Now, McLaren was initially very coy on specific details regarding the Speedtail. However, we now know that the Speedtail mixes a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 with an electric motor or “parallel hybrid system” as McLaren calls it. What we also know is that it has front wheel spats and that Chris Harris would rather have the Speedtail than the Senna.
The McLaren Senna Is the New King of the World’s Greatest Drag Race
You must be familiar with MotorTrend’s World’s Greatest Drag Race title by now. It has reached its ninth interpretation and it’s safe to say that we’re looking at the craziest, most extreme iteration of the drag race.
Part of that is because the McLaren Senna is involved in it. Sure, none of the other cars can be called a slouch, but McLaren’s work on the Senna is paying off big time, especially if we are to consider that after launching the not-so-perfect MP4-12C, the Brits have been resilient in improving their sports cars.
2021 McLaren 620R
The 2021 McLaren 620R is the range-topping version of the Sports Series, the company’s entry-level lineage of sports cars. Essentially a road-legal version of the 570S GT4, the 2021 620R slots above the 600LT. Design-wise, the 2021 620R is almost identical to the 570S GT4. It also features the same engine, but because it’s not restricted by racing regulations, the V-8 boasts more power.
Rated at 610 horsepower, the 2021 620R is the most powerful Sports Series vehicle ever created. It’s also the quickest, but it lags behind its siblings when it comes to top speed. With production limited to 350 units, the 2021 McLaren 620R costs almost $300,000. Let’s find out more about this supercar in the review below.
The Story Behind The McLaren Elva’s Name
For three decades, McLaren, the multi-championship-winning racing team from Woking, did not make one road car (Bruce’s M6 GT notwithstanding). Then came Gordon Murray’s F1, a car intended as a standalone product. Now, 27 years after the introduction of the ground-breaking F1, McLaren makes 10 different models and is one of the big players in the world of supercars. The Elva is the latest addition to the lineup, a $1.8-million, 804-horsepower drop-top beast - the first 100% topless McLaren. But its name lacks the usual combo of letters and numbers.
What’s the link between a lithe sports car powered by BMW engines and built by a small British company and McLaren’s latest Ultimate Series model? They both share the name and, more importantly, if it wasn’t for the revival of that boutique manufacturer from England, there would be no McLaren today. This is McLaren’s ode to Bruce’s earliest forays as a car maker and here’s the story behind that four-letter name.
Are Cars Without Windshields Becoming a Trend?
McLaren unveiled the Elva supercar earlier this week, and among its many unique features, it included one that has become trendy among supercar brands in recent years. Folks, the Elva is the first production McLaren that doesn’t have a windshield. In fact, it doesn’t have a roof, either. Windows? What are those?
As striking and unique as the Elva is, it’s not the first performance car to adopt this kind of appearance. In this decade alone, there have been a number of other performance vehicles that were created with the little-to-no-windshield design. Some arrived as concepts while others turned into production models. Either way, these five vehicles pulled the design off to varying degrees of success.