2021 McLaren LM 25 Edition by Lanzante
It wasn’t that long ago that British automotive company Lanzante teased the LM25 series of special-edition McLarens that it’s building to celebrate the F1 GTR’s 1996 Le Mans win. Now, we’re finally getting a look at all six models, and these cars are, quite possibly, the best tribute models we’ve ever seen. The company has designed a kit for every McLaren currently available today along with 600LT, which recently went out of production.
2021 McLaren Hybrid Sports Car
McLaren is set to launch a new hybrid sports car in 2020. Shown here in a batch of spy shots, this vehicle will be the first electrified model that won’t be part of the ultimate series. So far, McLaren has launched two hybrid supercars: the P1, built between 2013 and 2015, and the Speedtail, produced in 2019. This new hybrid sports car could be part of either the Super Series or the Sports Series.
Since the prototype is based on the 720S, it’s easy to assume that the production model will replace the current Super Series. On the other hand, the 720S is only marginally bigger than the 570S, which is part of the Sports Series. McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt also said that the company’s first hybrid sports car will be the replacement for the Sports Series lineup, so this is a scenario we need to consider as well. To keep things a bit simpler, I’m going to go with Flewitt’s statement and treat this hybrid prototype as a replacement for the 570S.
2020 McLaren GT
The McLaren GT is the company’s first stand-alone grand touring sports car. A spiritual successor to the 570GT, which is based on the 570S, the GT is essentially a two-door sports car with enhanced luggage room. But it’s also grand tourer with a mid-engined layout, a significant departure from the traditional design with the engine in the front. McLaren describes the GT as the most practical mid-engined vehicle on the market.
The fourth new model in the McLaren Track25 business plan, the GT draws inspiration from other McLaren models design-wise, but it features a more straightforward, more luxurious interior created with grand touring customers in mind. Under the hood, it shares the 4.0-liter V-8 engine with the 720S, but output and performance are bit lower. But it’s the rear-mounted trunk that sets the GT apart by adding almost 15 cubic feet of luggage room atop the V-8 engine. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
Those Mysterious McLaren Models Aren’t What They Seem
A post on McLaren’s official Instagram account caused quite the stir on social media after an image of a raw version of the team’s Formula One race car unintentionally showed a couple of mysterious-looking cars in the background. The immediate reaction from Internet sleuths identified either one of the two models as the upcoming Speedtail, but that speculation has since been debunked by McLaren. Neither of those two models is the Speedtail, or at least that’s what the British automaker is saying.
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?
Continue reading to learn more about McLaren SUV.
The automotive industry has changed quite dramatically over the last decade, prompting most automakers to enter new markets in order to increase profits and expand globally. The most common trends were to develop car-based crossovers and to up the ante in the quality department for more premium products. Porsche saved itself from bankruptcy by building the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sedan, while most American and Asian companies flooded the market with crossovers of all shapes and sizes. More recently, Lamborghini confirmed it will produce the Urus SUV, while Ferrari is expected to also come up with a people hauler in the near future.
Very few brands remained true to their roots, one of which is McLaren Automotive.
The Brits have expanded quite rapidly over the last couple of years by launching the Super Series and Sport Series, two vehicle lineups that have grown to include nearly ten models, including body style variations and race cars. But, despite its plans to treble global sales by 2017, McLaren said it has no plans to build an SUV. However, one such vehicle could see the light of day via McLaren Special Operations (MSO), which is looking into creating a new architecture for a high-riding, sporty vehicle with seating for at least four.
If this project comes to fruition, MSO will most likely develop a high-performance sedan on the same platform as well. While this is nothing but speculation right now, with no confirmation from Woking, we decided to have a closer look at what a McLaren sedan would bring to the table. To go with our speculative review, we also created a rendering of McLaren’s first-ever four-door.
Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming McLaren Sedan.
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.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 McLaren Sports Series Shooting Brake.
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.
Continue reading to find out how this new McLaren sports car will stack up to its competition.
2016 McLaren P1 GTR
The 2014 McLaren P1 debuted with its hulking 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor that together produced a mighty 903 horsepower and approximately 1,100 pound-feet of twist. McLaren has already made it clear that there will be plenty of special-edition P1s, and in 2015 the first of these arrives in the form of a track-exclusive P1. In a nod to the McLaren F1 GTR that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995, the track-prepped P1 carries the same GTR moniker.
Besides featuring a host of aerodynamic and technical improvements, which translate into more horsepower and improved performance, the P1 GTR also marks the introduction of McLaren’s full customer racing program. Just like Ferrari and Lamborghini, the Brits are upping the ante toward organizing private racing events on famous Formula One tracks, but not before the buyers receive private consultations with McLaren’s racing division. Read on to meet McLaren’s new and utterly powerful race car.
Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren P1 GTR.
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Unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren 650S took the sports car market by storm as the replacement for the aging MP4-12C. Woking’s masterpiece blends styling cues from both the 12C and the P1 supercar and shares the proven 3.8-liter V-8 engine with the rest of the McLaren lineup.Although the 650S is still brand-new and has yet to hit the streets at full throttle as of June 2014, the British company is reportedly already working on its successor. According to Automobile, the upcoming sports car is codenamed P16 and set to arrive sometime in 2017. Also part of the company’s new plan to introduce one new model each year by 2019, the P16 is rumored to arrive in several body versions and configurations.
Naturally, the P16 will better the 650S in all aspects. It will be more powerful, faster, more agile, and emit less CO2. Expect the P16 to mark the debut of a number of new technologies.
Note: Current McLaren 650S pictured here.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P16.
McLaren P1 unveil at the Paris Motor Show 2012
"It is engineering design led. Yet it is a striking and handsome car. The P1 reflects McLaren’s core values. It celebrates aerodynamics, great packaging and light weight. It is all about innovative technology. At the very beginning, we sought to develop a car that you could drive to a racing circuit, then press a button and race it. Maximum speed was never a priority. It’s much more technically challenging, and more meaningful, to (...)
It seems as if the new Ferrari FF will soon have a serious competitor from McLaren. The British company has tried to keep their future models as much of a secret as possible, but now AutoExpress has obtained the first details on a future shooting brake model set to arrive in 2014.
The new model will be based on the platform of the new MP4-12C supercar and will be similar in concept to the Ferrari FF. However, the British magazine reports that the Mclaren model will be significantly cheaper. While the FF is priced at about £230,000 ($366,000 at the current exchange rates) on the British market, the new McLaren model will be priced from about £150,000 (about $240,000).
The new McLaren Shooting Brake (not its actual name, at least as far as we know) will be a two-seater model, but with more boot space than the MP4-12C. Under the hood, expect to see the same 592 HP 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine as the sports car, meaning the future model will deliver impressive performance numbers.
Check out our rendering of what we’re calling the McLaren MP4-12C Shooting Brake and let us know what you think!
McLaren has made no bones about its desire to release a supercar that would give the Porsche 911 a run for its money. Ron Dennis, McLaren’s CEO, has already laid out plans for such a car, although the Woking-based manufacturer has not provided any details in the way of the proposed supercar’s technical details. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped people from the endless games of speculation as far as creating renderings of the car. And yes, so we found a rendering for the future McLaren that seems to fit the bill.
This softer core McLaren is seen with 2+2 seats enabling the driver to ride along with a few of his friends while still maintaining some of the classic McLaren components and body parts. This rendering provides a classic McLaren vehicle with the additional 2 seats that currently sets the Porsche apart. We do not believe we will be seeing the future McLaren any sooner than 2013, but we hope they can get moving on it a bit sooner.
The future McLaren MP4-12C GT is codenamed the P13 and will be introduced in 2014. McLaren is aiming towards selling 2500 units per year.
UPDATE 10/28/2011: We have a new rendering for you for McLaren’s response to the Porsche 911. Enjoy!