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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.

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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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First Walkaround Video Shows Just How Awesome The McLaren Artura Is

First Walkaround Video Shows Just How Awesome The McLaren Artura Is

The Artura oozes speed even as it stands still

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.

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Watch The World's Quickest Ferrari F8 Tributo Take on a McLaren 765LT

Watch The World’s Quickest Ferrari F8 Tributo Take on a McLaren 765LT

Drag racing never gets old so here we go again

Orchestrated by Hennessey Performance at its Pennzoil Proving Ground, this drag race between the F8 Tributo and a 765LT might be short, yet it’s just the right dose of supercar radness.

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McLaren Artura - The Plug-In Hybrid Supercar Without a Reverse Gear!

McLaren Artura - The Plug-In Hybrid Supercar Without a Reverse Gear!

No reverse gear? How the hell does that work?

With cutting edge technology inside its all-new twin-turbo V6 engine, an electrical plug AND a warranty - surprised face - this is the brand-new McLaren Artura, a plug-in hybrid supercar that finally has a name you’ll remember. Probably. Oh, and it also doesn’t have a reverse gear.

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This One-Off McLaren Senna Merlin Goes To Show Just How Magical MSO Really Is

This One-Off McLaren Senna Merlin Goes To Show Just How Magical MSO Really Is

No other Senna in the world comes with an image of the wizard of legend

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.

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This McLaren 765LT Can Run The Quarter-Mile in 8.9 Seconds!

This McLaren 765LT Can Run The Quarter-Mile in 8.9 Seconds!

This is the fastest A Mclaren 765LT has ever ran the quarter-mile.

It’s safe to say that we are spoiled for horsepower. About 20 years ago 500 horsepower was considered a very respectable figure for a supercar. Nowadays, people laugh at the notion of a 500-horsepower car that has any supercar claims. This is why supercars with over 700 horsepower have become a rather common sight. This also means that we get some pretty mental stuff on four wheels, like this McLaren 765 LT.

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10 Things You Must Know About The McLaren Artura

10 Things You Must Know About The McLaren Artura

The McLaren Artura might change the game

For a while, McLaren was a bit of a wild card in the automotive industry. Almost 30 years ago, they gave us the F1, which was the fastest production car for over a decade. After that, they went quiet. This of course changed around 2010 when they announced their first supercar for the century – the MP4-12C. This was the beginning of McLaren’s offensive and cars like the 650S, 600LT, and 720S were spawned. Now, McLaren gives us the Artura and it’s a bit different than the others. Here’s what you need to know.

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The McLaren Artura PHEV Lays the Foundation for an Electrified Future

The McLaren Artura PHEV Lays the Foundation for an Electrified Future

McLaren Breaks New Ground with the Arrival of the Artura

The McLaren Artura is here, and with it comes a lot of firsts for McLaren. It’s the first plug-in hybrid McLaren, even though it counts as McLaren’s third hybrid model behind the P1 and the Speedtail. It’s also the first McLaren to use the freshly developed 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, put in place of the bigger and heavier 3.8-liter V-8 unit that McLaren has used for its Sports Series models in recent years.

The Artura is also the first McLaren hybrid supercar that’s built on the automaker’s new MCLA platform. It’s the same architecture the British automaker developed to accommodate electrified powertrains. The Artura’s arrival sets the stage for McLaren’s electrified future that now looks a lot more compelling.

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Somehow, The McLaren 765LT Is More of a Sleeper Than You Think

Somehow, The McLaren 765LT Is More of a Sleeper Than You Think

Should we now start calling it the McLaren 885LT?

The McLaren 765LT might be more powerful than McLaren’s letting on. YouTube channel DragTimes hooked a 765LT up to a dyno to see how much power the supercar produced at the wheels. The 765LT was subjected to three runs, and all three runs came back with power figures that were well beyond what we thought and what McLaren announced. The dyno tests don’t change the fact that the 765LT is an absolute monster, but it’s apparently a bigger and meaner monster than we expected.

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The McLaren Artura, A Successor To the 570S, Will Be Revealed On February 16

The McLaren Artura, A Successor To the 570S, Will Be Revealed On February 16

McLaren’s next supercar will pack a different engine than what we’ve seen recently from the brand

McLaren is hard at work brewing a new supercar. It is called the Artura and it will replace the 570S in the Sports Series range. However, the Artura bears quite the importance for McLaren as it is going to pack the brand’s first twin-turbo V-6 and hybrid tech.

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The First In-Depth Look At The McLaren Sabre Will Rub You In All The Right Ways

The First In-Depth Look At The McLaren Sabre Will Rub You In All The Right Ways

The Sabre is 70-percent a new car, so how about that?

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.

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Everything You Need to Know About The McLaren Senna

Everything You Need to Know About The McLaren Senna

McLaren’s Senna is a beautiful library of quirks and features

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.

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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.