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.

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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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Doug DeMuro Wants To Teach You About the McLaren Sabre's Many Quirks

Doug DeMuro Wants To Teach You About the McLaren Sabre’s Many Quirks

Here’s what you need to know about the McLaren’s latest highly-exclusive hypercar - the Sabre

Doug DeMuro is giving us yet another in-depth “quirks and features” review of a cool car. This time, t’s the latest special car from McLaren – the Sabre. As always, we get the introduction to the car. It’s worth noting that the Sabre is supposed to be an evolution of the McLaren Senna, on which it is based. In the McLaren lineup, the Sabre sits over the Senna, but under the Speedtail that mimicked some features of the McLaren F1.

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A Porsche 911 Turbo S and a McLaren 720S Roll Onto the Drag Strip - Can You Guess Who Wins?

A Porsche 911 Turbo S and a McLaren 720S Roll Onto the Drag Strip - Can You Guess Who Wins?

Is AWD more important than power at the drag strip?

Quarter-mile times were a big thing back in the 1960s when the big American companies were operating by the motto "win on Sunday, sell on Monday." It’s no longer used as a business model nowadays, but quarter-mile times are still a cool way to measure performance. In today’s comparison, we take a look at an exciting drag race between the Porsche 911 Turbo S and the McLaren 720S thanks to Carwow.

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This Is the Sedan That McLaren Unfortunately Won't Build

This Is the Sedan That McLaren Unfortunately Won’t Build

We hope McLaren keeps this on the back burner for when sedans become fashionable again

Sedans have been losing popularity even since the first SUV hit the market and that decline is still ongoing today. At the same time, a sedan kind of goes against the idea of a pure-breed sports car/supercar, which is why McLaren will never build one just like it won’t build a crossover or an SUV. But what if?

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2020 McLaren Elva

2020 McLaren Elva

The most radical McLaren to date has no windscreen and pays tribute to a race car from the 1960s

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.

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The McLaren Artura Is Fast, But Not Fast Enough to Be a Dodge Challenger

The McLaren Artura Is Fast, But Not Fast Enough to Be a Dodge Challenger

Well, it’s the Dodge Challenger Super Stock, and Only by 0.2 seconds in the quarter mile

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.

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2020 McLaren GT by Novitec

2020 McLaren GT by Novitec

McLaren’s grand tourer gets plenty of aero and extra ponies

As McLaren’s first dedicated grand tourer, the GT combines the best of all worlds, boasting supercar-like performance to go with an interior that’s brimming with all the fine things money can buy.

Novitec’s latest aftermarket program is dedicated to the McLaren GT, and, in keeping with the company’s reputation as a tuner par excellence, owners are treated to an exterior touch-up, a new set of wheels, and an engine upgrade that successfully dials up the GT’s power and performance capabilities. This is a McLaren GT that’s tuned to the nines.

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Learn Everything You Need to Know about the McLaren 720GT3X

Learn Everything You Need to Know about the McLaren 720GT3X

The McLaren 720 GTX3 is a GT3 racecar, unhinged

Race cars are undeniably quick, but they still have to abide by certain regulations depending on the type of racing series they are meant for. This usually means a certain power to weight ratio or a maximum amount of width, downforce, etc. If only one of these parameters is outside the allowed boundaries, the car will not be eligible to race in the intended series. With this in mind, McLaren has decided to show us what a fully-unhinged racecar is all about by making the 720S GT3X. Here’s what you need to know.

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1993 McLaren F1

1993 McLaren F1

Arguably the most iconic supercar of the 1990s

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.

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Watch Someone Take Delivery of a $1.5 Million Full Carbon McLaren Senna

Watch Someone Take Delivery of a $1.5 Million Full Carbon McLaren Senna

You don’t see a carbon fiber-clad McLaren Senna everyday

A McLaren customer has taken delivery of one of the most unique McLaren Sennas you’ll ever see. It’s dressed in exposed carbon fiber body panels and gold accents, a result of exclusive touches added to the supercar by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). McLaren only built 500 units of the Senna, each priced at just over $1 million. With the exclusive handiwork on this car, this particular model costs closer to $1.5 million.

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Why The McLaren F1 Is The Greatest Car Ever Made

Why The McLaren F1 Is The Greatest Car Ever Made

The answer is as complex as the supercar itself

You would think that the nameplate that wore the crown of the fastest production car on the face of the Earth does not need further introduction. In reality, the F1, a legend of the car industry and a design/engineering masterpiece, has so many cool features that it is impossible not to take them into account.

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This Extremely Rare and Mint McLaren F1 is Just 1 of 7 Sold New In The U.S.

This Extremely Rare and Mint McLaren F1 is Just 1 of 7 Sold New In The U.S.

You can own it for a sum that’ll probably reach seven figures

A red 1995MY McLaren F1 has hit the market. The exceptional supercar comes with a well-documented history, including the distinction of being one of only seven F1 units that were sold brand new in the U.S. It is currently in the hands of ISSIMI, a California-based seller that specializes in peer-to-peer automobile sales. The price of the McLaren F1 isn’t being disclosed. Those who are interested are invited to reach out to the seller.

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Check Out All The Carbon Fiber On This McLaren 720S by SWAE

Check Out All The Carbon Fiber On This McLaren 720S by SWAE

This lightweight build will also make around 900 ponies and burn a hole in your pocket

SWAE is a new name in the market, but the company is trying to create some noise by targeting one of the most popular sports cars, the McLaren 720S. SWAE has equipped it with a carbon fiber widebody kit, new wheels, and also a performance tune-up that makes around 900 horses. It makes the stock 720S quite plain-Jane, doesn’t it? There are not a lot of details available at this point, but this build by the Montana-based tuner is expected to cost a shade under $500,000.

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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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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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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.