McLaren

McLaren Automotive is a sports car manufacturer that was founded as McLaren Cars in 1985. The company's roots go back to the 1960s when Bruce McLaren designed race cars for the Formula One and Can-Am series. McLaren is among the most successful Formula One manufacturers, having won eight constructors' championships and 12 drivers' championships as of 2019. It also won five Can-Am championships and two Indy 500 races. McLaren launched its first production road car, the iconic F1, in 1992. The supercar remained in production until 1998. With the F1 discontinued, McLaren went into hibernation until 2003, when a cooperation with Mercedes-Benz spawned the SLR McLaren. McLaren's second production model, the MP4 12C, was launched in 2010. It was followed by the P1 supercar car in 2013, and the 650S, a replacement for the 12C, in 2014. McLaren launched its current three-tier sports car structure in 2015, dividing ints products into the Sports, Super, and Ultimate Series. As of 2019, the lineup includes the entry-level 570S (including its 540C, 570GT, and 600LT derivates), the 720S, the Senna, the GT, and the Speedtail.

McLaren's Vision Collection Has 3D-Printed Glasses That Fit Your Face Perfectly

McLaren’s Vision Collection Has 3D-Printed Glasses That Fit Your Face Perfectly

The British carmaker doesn’t forget about the lifestyle side of owning a McLaren

Truth be told, after the unveiling of the McLaren GT, we were expecting some sort of fancy watch that would match the grand tourer’s design and ethos. That, however, didn’t happen but McLaren did have something lineup on the lifestyle and fashion front. Meet the brand’s McLaren Vision Collection, a selection of sunglasses and ophthalmic frames designed not only to make you look cool but also complement your personal style with the looks and quirks of your McLaren supercar. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a pair of McLaren sunglasses without actually owning a McLaren. Just don’t go near the Bespoke range, especially if you’re on a budget.

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This Ride-On Toy Car Is The McLaren We Can All Afford

This Ride-On Toy Car Is The McLaren We Can All Afford

It wears a three-digit price tag but the amount of joy it can bring is priceless

Whoever said McLaren is in the business of making toys that are solely destined for big boys is mistaken. The best proof we can think of is this freshly released ride-on set that comes to both celebrate and replicate the might Macca 720S. Obviously, this is not McLaren’s first peg at ride-ons, not since the car manufacturer offered an all-electric one based on the P1 hypercar back in 2016.

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However, the McLaren 720S ride on brings this toy closer to the idea of a real car and what the whole buying process entails. But before you delve into your bank accounts, let us guide you through the essentials here.

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Gordon Murray is working on a spiritual McLaren F1 successor

Gordon Murray is working on a spiritual McLaren F1 successor

It’ll be ultra-light, on top of being usable everyday and in between those three seats there will be the stick for a manual box

Ever since McLaren unveiled the F1, people have been waiting, eyebrows up, for whatever else Gordon Murray might be cooking. The genius designer who made his name in the world of Formula 1 and designed such groundbreaking cars like the Brabham BT46B and the Brabham BT55 is finally ready to talk about his next creation. Named the T.50, it’s a car tailored after the F1 with a Cosworth-developed 3.9-liter, naturally aspirated V-12 developing 650 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of twist. The cabin will take three and, as is the case with the F1, Murray won’t make judgments on the top speed.

If last time around Murray was contracted by McLaren to create a road car that would incorporate the F1 know-how of Ron Dennis’ squad, now, it’s all done on Murray’s terms. That’s because the T.50 will be built by Gordon Murray Automotive and it will be designed top to bottom in-house by Gordon Murray Design. A carbon fiber monocoque will hide underneath the sleek body of the T.50, and this will ensure Murray-approved levels of lightness. Remember, the 72-year-old designer has never been a fan of the modern supercars and hypercars that put out buckets of horsepower only to be pegged back by a generous heft - like the 4,400 pounds of a standard Bugatti Chiron. As such, the T.50 will only weigh 2,160 pounds (under a tonne), and you can be sure you won’t miss one on the road since that V-12 will be able to rev all the way up to 12,1000 rpm! Yes, the T.50 will have four wheels, not two.

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2021 McLaren Hybrid Sports Car

2021 McLaren Hybrid Sports Car

McLaren’s first hybrid outside the Ultimate Series will replace the 570S

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.

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McLaren GT vs McLaren F1

McLaren GT vs McLaren F1

Supercar practicality revisited 26 years later

McLaren just unveiled its most practical mid-engined sports car yet. It’s called the GT, and it offers up to 20.1 cubic feet of luggage room combined. But the GT isn’t McLaren’s first practical vehicle. Although it’s a spiritual successor to the 570GT, the GT is actually the third McLaren to feature a proper trunk. The first car to offer some practicality was the F1, McLaren’s very first production car for road use. Let’s find out more about that in the comparison below.

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7 Practical Mid-Engined Grand Tourers that Came Before the McLaren GT

7 Practical Mid-Engined Grand Tourers that Came Before the McLaren GT

Two of them are also McLarens

The new McLaren GT took the market by storm as the most practical mid-engined sports car available. It has a combined 20.1 cubic feet of luggage room, luxury features inside the cabin, and a powerful V-8 engine. It’s definitely a unique car if you factor all these details in, but it’s not the first practical mid-engined car. This design goes back a few decades, and we’re going to check out some of the most interesting creations of the past 50 years.

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2020 McLaren GT - Quirks And Facts

2020 McLaren GT - Quirks And Facts

Welcome the real-life grand touring supercar

Blurring the line between a supercar and a grand tourer, McLaren developed an all-new car appropriately called the GT. While retaining core McLaren principles such as a mid-engine layout and monocoque chassis, the McLaren GT provides a unique blend of luxury, refinement, and performance. It is the only mid-engine grand tourer on the market, and it could give us a whole new segment of luxury mid-engine cars. Remember, Ferrari is currently working on the new V-6 Hybrid. That may well be the luxury mid-engine GT relatively similar to the McLaren GT. However, it may end up being more powerful. Now, as the whole hype has calmed a bit, I give you most amazing quirks and facts about the new 2020 McLaren GT.

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How Does the McLaren GT's Weight Stack Up Against Other Great Models?

How Does the McLaren GT’s Weight Stack Up Against Other Great Models?

The Ferrari Portofinos and the Aston Martin DB11s of the world may have something to worry about now

McLaren promised to roll out a mid-engined grand tourer, and when McLaren makes a promise, you know it’s going to deliver. It didn’t take long for the British supercar brand to come through on its word because the McLaren GT is here, and it looks every bit like the performance grand tourer the folks over at Woking, England said it would be. Classifications notwithstanding, the GT is more potent than the 570GT and more practical than the 650S. It’s also as light as a feather, at least when you compare it to other grand tourers of its ilk. Combine its weight with its power and performance capabilities, and McLaren could be onto something when it described the GT as a superlight supercar with perception-altering potential.

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McLaren GT vs McLaren 570GT

McLaren GT vs McLaren 570GT

Is the new GT a big improvement?

The McLaren GT is the company’s take on the grand tourer segment. But unlike grand tourers from carmakers like Aston Martin, Bentley, and Mercedes-Benz, the GT features a mid-engined layout. As wild as it may sound, the GT isn’t the first mid-engined grand tourer from McLaren. It follows in the footsteps of the 570GT, a 570S with luggage room atop the engine that was introduced in 2016. Is the new GT a notable improvement over the 570GT? Let’s find out!

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2020 McLaren GT

2020 McLaren GT

It’s the most practical mid-engined supercar on the market

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.

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Here's How We'd Spec the 2020 McLaren GT

Here’s How We’d Spec the 2020 McLaren GT

It’ll take a while for you to spec your own, but the results should be worth the trouble

McLaren has done it again. When it comes to redefining expectations, the British supercar brand stands as one of the best innovators in the entire industry, and with the arrival of the McLaren GT, it’s safe to say that McLaren’s reputation in this regard remains intact. The GT is, for all intents and purposes, a supercar wearing a grand tourer’s body. It’s more powerful than the McLaren 570GT, and it has more functional trunk space than an actual sedan. When’s the last time you saw a performance car with those credentials? As is often the case with debuts as important as this, McLaren is now offering us a chance to build our own GTs the way we want it to look through the model’s own online configurator. Obviously, we’re not going to let this opportunity pass us by, even if we’re not actually buying one. The real McLaren GT, after all, starts at $210,000. It’s hard to find that kind of scratch these days so we’ll settle for what we can actually work with.

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The McLaren GT offers more Trunk Space than some sedans

The McLaren GT offers more Trunk Space than some sedans

The British grand tourer might be as practical as a mid-size sedan

When it confirmed the McLaren GT at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the British firm claimed that it would be the most efficient mid-engined car on the market. Now that the GT has been unveiled, I can agree that it offers more luggage room than any other mid-engined vehicle available. What’s more, this mid-engined grand tourer actually has more trunk space than several sedans. Let’s see how it compares.

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What is the Cheapest McLaren?

The Sports Series is McLaren’s entry-level and most affordable lineup of cars. This range includes the 540C, 570S, 570GT, and the 600LT. Less powerful than the 570S, the 540C is the base model here, but this version is restricted to the Chinese market. So while it would be the most affordable, it’s not available in the United States. This leaves the McLaren 570S as the cheapest model, priced from $192,500. Granted, there’s nothing cheap about McLarens, and affordable is a big stretch when we’re talking about almost $200,000, but McLaren’s won’t get cheaper than the 570S unless you go to the used car market for an old 12C.

What is the Most Popular McLaren?

Not surprisingly, the most affordable McLaren is also the most popular. McLaren sold 4,806 cars in 2018 and about a quarter of them were Sports Series models. The best selling Sports Series version is the 570S, which isn’t as sporty as the 600LT, but its significantly more affordable. What’s more, the 570S is available to regular customers, whereas range-topping models like the Senna and Speedtail are restricted to special buyers who already own McLarens.

What is the Most Expensive McLaren?

McLaren sports cars are far from affordable, but the Speedtail is significantly more expensive than the rest. Built in only 106 units, just like the iconic F1, the Speedtail costs a whopping $2.25 million before options. A successor to the F1 not only due to its three-seat layout and tremendous aerodynamics, the Speedtail is a worthy successor when it comes to pricing too. For reference, the equally spectacular Senna starts under $1 million.

What is the Fastest McLaren?

When it comes to top speed, the Speedtail is by far the fastest McLaren available. The British company claims that the Speedtail has a top speed of 250 mph. While this figure doesn’t make it the fastest production car, the Speedtail is the fastest McLaren to date, having surpassed its spiritual predecessor the F1, which held this title for several years in the 1990s.

As far as acceleration goes, the Speedtail should be the quickest. While McLaren has yet to release 0-to-60 mph times for the Speedtail, it should be quicker than the Senna. The latter hits 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and 186 in 17.5 clicks. This final figure is extremely important here, as the Speedtail is almost five seconds quicker to the same benchmark. This means that it should also be quicker from 0 to 60 mph, a benchmark that it likely completes in just 2.6 seconds.

What is the Most Practical McLaren?

Developed with extra trunk space in mind, the McLaren GT is the company’s most practical sports car. A grand tourer with a mid-engined layout, the GT offers luggage room under both the front hood and rear hatch. The compartment under the front hood is rather small at 5.3 cubic feet, but this space is enough to almost beat most sports cars in this segment. But there’s plenty more room under the rear hatch (on top of the engine), where you can load 14.8 cubic feet worth of luggage, which converts to a golf bag or two pairs of skis and boots, plus smaller bags. Overall, the GT has a storage capacity of 20.1 cubic feet, which is more than several midsize and even full-size sedans. Given that sports cars aren’t designed for practicality, the GT is quite an exotic vehicle for its segment.

Are McLaren Cars Reliable?

Sports cars and supercars aren’t usually used as daily drivers, so it’s difficult to asses whether they are reliable or not. While the old 12C has some issues, most of them related to the faulty infotainment system, owners have reported very few problems in recent years. McLaren issued a couple of recalls for some models, but all were related to minor issues and easy repairs. For sports cars that are usually driven during the weekends, on highways, twisty back roads, and on race tracks, McLarens are quite reliable.