Don’t Expect To See a McLaren SUV Anytime Soon
In a world where the Lamborghini Urus and the Aston Martin DBX exist, the thought of a supercar brand venturing into the realm of SUVs isn’t that far-fetched anymore. It’s not just Lambo and Aston, either. Bentley also has the Bentayga, Rolls-Royce has the Cullinan, and Ferrari has, well, something up its sleeve. McLaren, however, is resisting the urge to jump into that market. It’s said before that it has no plans to develop an SUV. That stance was reinforced recently by the company’s chief designer, Dan Parry-Williams.
Spied? Is This an Early Prototype of the McLaren BP23 Supercar and F1 Successor?
McLaren isn’t sitting pretty after unveiling the Senna hypercar last month, especially not when there’s another hypercar that’s waiting to be developed. We already know a few details about the car, including its codename, “B23,” and the fact that it will belong in the British automaker’s Ultimate Series lineup, joining the P1 and the Senna in that rarefied category. The BP23 is scheduled to debut sometime this year, but we’re getting an early look at it thanks to a video someone took when stumbling upon what could be it in the wild. In fairness, some suggest it could be a 720S testing winter tires or a 720S on a BP23 chassis. Oh, the excitement... check out the video below.
McLaren Testing Electric Supercar; Production Model Still a Few Years Away
The fact that McLaren is testing an all-electric supercar is no longer secret. With the P1 bringing the first hybrid McLaren on public roads and gasoline-electric drivetrain set to power half of all McLarens sold by 2022, a full EV is the next logical step for the British firm. According to its engineers, testing is now well underway, but McLaren is struggling to create a drivetrain that delivers track-capable performance. Specifically, the biggest issue is battery technology, which can’t yet provide the energy needed for fast laps at the race track.
ICYMI: The Next McLaren Ultimate Series, Code Named P15, Will Debut This Saturday!
The next model to join the McLaren Ultimate Series, the McLaren P15, is set to make its debut on December 9, 2017, at 7:00 pm EST. It’s only been a month since it was first teased with nothing more than an image of the tri-exhaust setup and now we’re looking at another teaser along with word of when we will actually get our first look at the next track-focused road-going monster that is said to have sacrificed daily drivability for a more intensive driver experience. How that translates into a road-going car, we’re not sure, but it’s not like most McLaren owners drive their cars on a daily anyway, right? With that said, it will be the most extreme road-legal McLaren to date but is just the third of 15 new models that McLaren plans to unleash by 2022. For those of who haven’t looked at a calendar in a while, that’s just over four years away.
The next model in line is the BP23, which is also shrouded in mystery but will be the world’s first Hyper-GT. Our McLaren P15 article has some spy shots of a new McLaren, but at this point, things are so sketchy that we don’t know if it’s the P15 of the BP23 but either way, we’re not going to be disappointed that’s for sure. The P15 will be produced in limited numbers and will be the second model to take on the central driving position that was originally introduced by the legendary and record-setting McLaren F1. Is it going to be a true successor to the F1? We don’t know, but one this is for sure: It’s sure to be something we won’t soon forget. For now, take a look at both teaser images below, then check out our speculative review of the P15 with the few spy shots that we do have. Let us know what you think in the comments section too – we look forward to hearing from you!
Update 12/8/2017: This short article was updated with proper Eastern time zone format and a new title. Check back with us Saturday evening to get the scoop on the new McLaren Ultimate Series car
Two New McLarens on the Way; McLaren P15 Teased
McLaren has thrown us all for a loop, announcing that the P15 is set to make its debut in the first months of 2018. More importantly, however, is the note that says deliveries of the already-sold-out supercar will begin prior to the debut of a third Ultimate Series model – one codenamed BP23 – that is billed as the world’s first “Hyper-GT.”
What in the world is going on here? McLaren has been quite shady lately, hasn’t it? Most of the world was expecting the P15 to be the world’s first Hyper-GT, and yet here we are finding out that it’s the BP23, a future model, that will sport that designation. Are our previously posted spy shots of a McLaren in camo really the P15, or are they of the BP23? Well, it’s hard to say, but I’ll talk more about that in the coming days. For now, let’s talk about the fact that the already-sold-out P15 has finally been teased, well if you consider exhaust outlets a teaser, that is. Of course, this does little in the way of filling us in with even the slightest information, but hey, it’s a start. In six months, we’ll know everything, so until then, we have to make do with the knowledge that it’s being billed as the “most extreme, track-concentrated, road car” that the British brand has ever designed. Usually, I would chalk that off as a lot of PR talk as I wiped the McLaren manjuice from my lips, but McLaren always delivers, and right on time, too.
The P15 will be produced in very limited numbers, just like the P1 and P1 GTR. It will be road legal, despite the focus of it being so track-concentrated. McLaren says it has gone so far as to sacrifice daily usability just to give the most intensive driver experience around a circuit. McLaren also says that the design is “brutal” and follows the company’s philosophy of “form follows function.” Keep holding your breath if you want to know more, but don’t worry, you’ll only turn 30 different shades of blue – McLaren has promised more details and the cars official name by the end of the year. Sounds like an exciting Christmas present, don’t you think?
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2019 McLaren BP23
As a successful race car builder since the 1960s, McLaren’s decision to launch its first road-legal car in the early 1990s made a huge impact on the British firm. Although the F1 was its sole vehicle for many years, and the SLR and then the MP4-12C stood as McLaren’s only offerings during their tenure, 2013 brought both the 650S and the P1. For the very first time, the Brits had two cars in dealerships. A couple of years later and the Super Series expanded to include more versions, while the more affordable Sports Series arrived to complete a trio of nameplates. Come 2017 and McLaren launched the Senna, a successor to the P1. But contrary to spy shots and rumors, the Senna doesn’t have a three-seat layout like the F1, which means that McLaren may be working on another flagship vehicle as we speak.
Okay, it may sound a bit confusing, so let me explain. When word got out of a successor to the P1, reports talked about a car codenamed the P15. It was supposed to be a more radical version of the P1 with a more powerful hybrid drivetrain. Later on, reports started talking about the BP23, also known as the Hyper-GT, a supercar with a three-seat layout with the driver in the middle, just like the F1. With no confirmation that McLaren was actually working on two different cars, the successor to the P1 was eventually believed to be the BP23. Now that the Senna is official, it’s pretty obvious that McLaren had different plans and will launch a new supercar soon. Whether it will hit the market alongside the Senna or go into production after the current model is discontinued remains unclear, but it will most definitely have the three-seat layout and a hybrid drivetrain.
The latter is more likely now that the Senna arrived as a gasoline-only model. McLaren said that half of its models will go hybrid by 2022 and the project should include the flagship models as the Sports Series line needs to remain affordable, thus use V-8 power only. But let’s find out more about the BP23 in the speculative review below.
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McLaren Just Built a Three-Seat 720S to Preview its Successor to the P1
While the McLaren P1 was a fantastic supercar in just about any department, many die-hard fans felt that it missed an essential feature: the three-seat layout of the iconic F1. McLaren apparently took note of this complaint and confirmed that its next hypercar will have three seats and the driver will sit in the middle, just like in a Formula One car. Described as a hyper GT and often referred to as the BP23 or the P15, McLaren’s new flagship is still a mystery as far as design and drivetrain go. But the Brits just unveiled an early version of its cockpit in a modified version of the 720S.
Earlier today McLaren posted a photo on Facebook showing a 720S supercar wrapped in swirly, black and white camouflage. Nothing out of the ordinary if you ignore the wrap, but things become a bit unusual when you look at the windscreen and notice the driver and the steering wheel placed in the middle of the cockpit. Another image, this time from the inside, shows the mule being driven on a race track, once again with the driver sitting in the rather unusual position for a road-legal vehicle. Although McLaren didn’t have much to say about it, it’s pretty obvious that we’re being given a sneak peek of the upcoming supercar’s interior.
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McLaren Is Ready To Jump Into The Electric Supercar Segment
If anybody needed any more proof that electrification is fast becoming a real thing in the supercar segment, consider that McLaren is already preparing for its own electric supercar. Seems like it wasn’t that long ago when the thought of an all-electric McLaren would’ve been enough to draw laughter in a room full of mimes. And yet here we are. An all-electric McLaren supercar is on the table and according to Autocar, there’s a good chance it will debut as early as 2019.
Specific details about the planned McLaren EV supercar are still being paced out, but there are rumblings concerning a few details about the model that’s painting a somewhat clear picture of what we can expect out of it. One is that the model is expected to be classified under McLaren’s super exclusive Ultimate Series, a sub-section within the company that also includes the McLaren P1. There are also whispers that the proposed model will feature technology borrowed from the P1 and on top of that, it’ll also tap into the automaker’s involvement in the development of the Formula E powertrains that it supplies to some of the teams in the series. As far as actual figures go, Autocar says that the all-electric McLaren will have the same performance characteristics as the 675LT, the range-topping model in McLaren’s Super Series division that has 666 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. Since the electric supercar is going to sit in the higher echelon Ultimate Series, it is reasonable to think that it could have a little bit more power than the 675LT, maybe somewhere in the vicinity of 700 horsepower.
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Brace Yourselves, A Track-Focused Successor To The McLaren P1 Is Coming!
The super competitive world of hypercars can be really amazing. Not only do we get some of the fastest and most powerful driving machines from it, but we also see first-hand how this space has spurred a competitive arms race among automakers. It’s great to see these companies embrace the challenge of innovation and dive in head-first. Take McLaren for example. The British automaker has already given us the P1 hypercar, and now it’s all set to follow that up with a successor that will apparently include a track-focused model that will be faster than the P1.
Word of this development comes by way of Autocar, which is reporting the new model, codenamed P15, will not only be faster than any McLaren model other than the P1 GTR, but it will also be much lighter than its predecessor. In fact, one of McLaren’s intended goals for this model is for it to have a much better power-to-weight ratio than the P1, allowing it to be much faster around the race track than the automaker’s ground-breaking hypercar. The report also says that the P15 will feature the company’s new Monocage II carbon fiber monocoque while also making extensive use of active aerodynamics to allow it to have better performances on a race track. Specific details are expected to be announced as the project advances, although it is being reported at this point that McLaren will only build 500 units of the model featuring just one variant, likely being a coupe, with a price tag of about €700,000, or around $814,000 based on current exchange rates.
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2020 McLaren SUV
It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of a McLaren SUV was absurd, a pipe dream for the lunatic fringe that indulged in fevered fantasies about jacked-up sports cars tackling the great outdoors. These days, though, it actually makes a lot of sense. One of the best examples comes from Porsche, which unveiled the mid-size Cayenne back in 2002 and promptly destroyed all expectations by simply cleaning up in sales. So then – it would seem as though demand for a “traditional” sports car ebbs and flows, while the SUV segment continues to entice buyers across the board. No surprise then that a host of manufacturers best known churning out high-end sports cars is turning to the SUV body style as a reliable source of income. Some of the latest to jump on the bandwagon include Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jaguar, and even Lamborghini. Could McLaren be next, and if so, what would a McLaren SUV look like? To find out, we drew up a rendering and did a little daydreaming in the following speculative review.
Before we go any further, it bears mentioning that McLaren has flat out denied any interest whatsoever in the business of building SUVs. Sports cars and supercars are its game, and it’s gonna take something big to change McLaren’s mind in the matter. At the same time, McLaren says it plans on building as many as 15 new models by 2022. So what if one of those was an SUV?
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2019 McLaren 750LT
After only three years on the market, the first-generation McLaren Super Series, mostly known for its 650S core model, was replaced in 2017. The second-gen supercar now has the 720S at its core, but more versions are set to follow. Arguably the most anticipated variant is McLaren’s successor to the 675LT. This supercar has yet to be officially confirmed, but an unveiling is expected to happen in the first half of 2018, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show. We just created a rendering of the Super Series’ upcoming, range-topping model and put together a speculative review about what it may bring to the table.
If the 675LT is any indication, the recipe for the new LT model should be somewhat straightforward. McLaren will probably take the 720S and give it a more comprehensive aerodynamic package, as well as use a lot more carbon-fiber in order to make it lighter. The car will be further enhanced by a more powerful engine, and there’s a great chance the next LT will be quicker and more powerful than the McLaren P1 (if we ignore the latter’s electric motor that is!). But, how will it compare to the competition? Find out in my speculative article below.
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McLaren’s Upcoming "Hyper-GT" Will Cost $2.5 Million; Already Sold Out
When McLaren unveiled the P1 back in 2013, it labeled it as a successor to the iconic F1. But even though it had everything it needed to take the F1’s legacy into the future performance-wise, it lacked some of the features that made the company’s first supercar truly special. McLaren is looking to fix that by creating a new three-seat vehicle with the driver placed in the middle. The new supercar was already confirmed with the codename BP23 and described as a "hyper GT" only a week ago, and the British firm has already unveiled new facts about it.
According to company CEO Mike Flewitt, BP23 will be built in very limited numbers that will match the F1’s 106-unit production. That’s a significant decrease from the P1’s 375-example run. Flewitt also said that the hypercar is already sold, with all units being accounted for almost as soon as BP23 was announced.
"When we did finally announce it, we were absolutely inundated with applications. I had to find polite ways to say, ’No,’" Flewitt said.
It’s also worth noting that the three-seat supercar will cost a whopping £2 million, which converts to $2.5 million as of March 2017. Customers reportedly had to deposit a five-figure sum and had to have a history buying McLarens. Needless to say, most BP23s will likely end up with enthusiasts that already own an F1 or a P1. Or both.
Not much is known about the upcoming hypercar, but McLaren described it as the "most powerful and most aerodynamic" road-going car it ever produced. McLaren also released a rendering of the car, showing a flowing, organic design with muscular fenders, a massive, race-inspired diffuser, and slender taillights. Chances are that the BP23 will introduce a new styling language for the company.
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