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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This Front-Engined McLaren 765LT Makes the Ferrari 812 Superfast Feel Sad

This Front-Engined McLaren 765LT Makes the Ferrari 812 Superfast Feel Sad

Would you buy one?

Unlike Ferrari and Lamborghini, McLaren has never built front-engined supercars. The SLR McLaren is an exception, but only because it was a collaboration initiated by Mercedes-Benz. But what if McLaren built cars with the engine placed over the front axle? Instagram’s "j.b.cars" had the same curiosity recently and rendered the familiar 765LT with the engine in the front. And it looks surprisingly cool.

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2020 McLaren P1 GTR-18 by Lanzante

2020 McLaren P1 GTR-18 by Lanzante

A longtail version of the P1 GTR and a tribute to the iconic F1 GTR Longtail

The McLaren P1 GTR-18 is an aftermarket conversion of the McLaren P1 supercar performed by Lanzante. The package is essentially an exterior upgrade that enhances aerodynamics, but the cars are also finished in historic racing liveries. Now specialized in servicing and restoration of classic cars, Lanzante used to run its own motorsport team, including the one that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans with a McLaren F1 GTR under Kokusai Kaihatsu sponsorship. In 2016, Lanzante converted six P1 GTR models to road-legal specs and called them the P1 LM. The P1 GTR-18 is thus Lanzante’s second project based on the P1.

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2020 McLaren Senna by Novitec

2020 McLaren Senna by Novitec

Another extensive package that ticks the performance and design boxes

The Novitec-McLaren tuning affair has had its fair share of episodes up to this point. In fact, the German tuner offers one of the most tasteful packages for McLaren’s line of products and although it worked on the Senna in the past, the house just released a new bundle of tweaks for the British supercar.

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A McLaren P1 Replacement Is Just Four Years Away

A McLaren P1 Replacement Is Just Four Years Away

P1’s successor won’t arrive earlier than 2024

Can you believe the P1 is currently in its eighth year of existence? We surely can’t. And needless to say, a replacement is coming, but according to McLaren officials, don’t expect it before 2024.

The McLaren P1 has its special place in the automotive hall of fame because it put the Woking-based carmaker back on the super sports car map and provided a fierce rival for the likes of Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. But the hybrid-powered P1 is aging, and a new supercar will take its place eventually.

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Here's the Interesting Story Behind the McLaren Senna GTR's Massive Rear Wing

Here’s the Interesting Story Behind the McLaren Senna GTR’s Massive Rear Wing

Did you think generating huge levels of downforce was easy?

McLaren was quick to reveal the Senna GTR just 12 months after it showed it in prototype guise. Despite sharing the same name with the road-going supercar, the fully-fledged race car was fitted with a rethinked body kit that focuses heavily on generating more downforce at lower speeds.

Part of this new body kit is the ginormous rear wing that dominates the rear section of the Senna GTR. And the wing itself has its own story.

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Instead of Buying a McLaren 765LT, Just Gat a Base 720S and a Porsche 718

Instead of Buying a McLaren 765LT, Just Gat a Base 720S and a Porsche 718

Double the fun with the same amount

McLaren just announced U.S. pricing information for the 765LT, and it costs quite a pretty penny at $358,000. That’s a notable premium over the base 720S, which retails from around $300,000 before options. Needless to say, for the price of 765LT, you can buy a 720S, which is still awesome, and still have enough money for a second sports car, like the Porsche 718.

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McLaren Has Decided to Cut Production of the Elva From 399 to 249 Units

McLaren Has Decided to Cut Production of the Elva From 399 to 249 Units

Is McLaren having problems selling 399 units?

In late 2019, McLaren introduced the Elva, a unique, open-cockpit road car based on a race car design from the 1960s. The company’s lightest road-legal vehicle, it’s also McLaren’s most powerful non-hybrid car. Priced from almost $1.8 million, the Elva was scheduled to be built in 399 units, but McLaren recently dropped that figure to 249. The decrease is the result of feedback from customers who think that the Elva isn’t exclusive enough.

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Living the Dream? Shmee Has a Model Car That's Identical to His McLaren Senna

Living the Dream? Shmee Has a Model Car That’s Identical to His McLaren Senna

And it costs more than $9,000!

Supercar connoisseur and YouTube vlogger Shmee150 recently took delivery of his second McLaren Senna. But this time around it’s a scale model that’s eight times smaller than the real deal. But it’s identical to the actual car in terms of colors and even materials. What’s more, it costs in excess of $9,000.

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The Very First McLaren F1 GTR Longtail is Up for Sale!

The Very First McLaren F1 GTR Longtail is Up for Sale!

It’s the First F1 GTR Longtail to be converted to road specification!

The first example of the iconic McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, one of only 10 built, is being listed for sale by Tom Hartley Jnr. Arguably one of the most important McLarens ever produced, this specific model was a factory development car and one of only two GTR prototypes that ended up in private hands. The other one is currently owned by former Pink Floyd drummer and renowned car collector Nick Mason. The seller hasn’t listed a price for the supercar, but it’s safe to say it will change hands for more than $5 million.

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The McLaren 570S Needs 2.3 Miles to Surpass Its Top Speed

The McLaren 570S Needs 2.3 Miles to Surpass Its Top Speed

Just watch it go in the video below

We can’t help but get excited whenever a new supercar comes to the market and its makers are quick to post an estimated top speed. Then reality hits: you need a lot of space to take a supercar/sports car to its Vmax, and even more importantly, you must make sure some safety rules are in effect.

With that in mind, the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds is one of those places that offer enough runway length and width so that in case things do go wrong, the one behind the wheel has a chance (i.e. enough time) to save the situation or at least know he won’t have to worry about hitting a wall at 150 mph.

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2019 McLaren 765LT

2019 McLaren 765LT

The successor to the 675LT is here and it’s better in every aspect

The 2021 McLaren 765LT is the range-topping version of the company’s Super Series family, built around the 720S core model. Essentially a successor to the 675LT, the 2021 765LT is yet another tribute to the McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, a race car fitted with an elongated body for enhanced aerodynamics. The 2021 765LT shares many components with the familiar 720S, but it features a more aggressive aero package with carbon-fiber components, a race-focused interior, and a more powerful engine. As the name suggests, the V-8 engine cranks out 765 PS, which converts to 755 horsepower, 45 more than the regular 720S.

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This Five-Car Mashup Rendering Is the Epitome of Unfulfilled Desire

This Five-Car Mashup Rendering Is the Epitome of Unfulfilled Desire

Automakers, please produce this wild mashup of a supercar!

Renderings often serve as a fun expression of what we expect from new cars or the evolution of current cars. Sometimes, people create fun, unique renderings that look back on iconic cars from the past with a modern twist of what they would look like today. Every now and then, however, something truly amazing comes to digital life, and that’s the case with the rendering we’re about to discuss here. In short, someone took styling cues from a handful of cars that are iconic in their own right and created an all new car that has never existed and never will exist. Is this what it would look like if some of the greatest car companies in the world came together to build a truly unique supercar?

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Will The McLaren P1's Successor Be an Electric Hypercar?

Will The McLaren P1’s Successor Be an Electric Hypercar?

As it turns out, McLaren doesn’t see electric track cars as very “persuasive.”

With more and more electric supercars and hypercars coming to life, it feels like it’s only a matter of time before all of the world’s finest exotics lose their explosive spirit to make way for quieter, sound-synthesized remains of what was once a gasoline-fueled world. The list of cars that are already in this category is growing by the day. Some of the more prominent models include the Nio EP9, Pininfarina Battista, Rimac Concept One and C_Two, and even the Lotus Evija, among others. Any company that hasn’t ventured into electric territory yet has been called into question, and McLaren is the latest to speak its mind regarding electric hypercars. In this case, we’re referring to a successor for the McLaren P1, and the question is: Will the McLaren P1 Successor be an electric hypercar, or will McLaren hold strong in the hybrid territory as long as it can?

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2020 McLaren Verdant Theme GT by MSO

2020 McLaren Verdant Theme GT by MSO

Green never looked this good

The McLaren 765LT is getting all the deserved shine today, but that doesn’t mean we should sleep on the other model that the British automaker unveiled as part of its Geneva Motor Show offering.

The McLaren GT Verdant Theme by MSO isn’t an entirely new model as it is based on McLaren’s showstopping GT supercar. Where it stands out is the level of customization it received from MSO, McLaren’s in-house personalization department.

Certainly, MSO’s work on the GT speaks for itself. The supercar wears an exclusive paint finish unlike anything MSO has offered in the past. The exclusive touches continue in the interior, and the results are as mind-blowing as you’d imagine them to be.

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The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better

The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better

Based on the 720S, but lighter, more powerful, and limited to 765 units

McLaren has unveiled the new 765LT and boy, oh boy, it is one impressive speed machine both from the performance and design perspective.

Just as we anticipated, the 765LT is underpinned by the McLaren 720S, which makes for a formidable platform as we saw it was the case with the Senna. That said, here’s all you need to know about the new McLaren 765LT.

Let’s start with performance, shall we? The McLaren 765LT features the same mid-mounted, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 as the 720S, but retuned to produce 765 PS (754 horsepower) and 800 Nm (590 pound-feet) of twist.

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Watch the New McLaren LT Online Debut Right Here!

Watch the New McLaren LT Online Debut Right Here!

McLaren will unveil its latest supercar online

As McLaren’s Geneva plans took a hit (it goes the same for every carmaker that planned a debut at GIMS 2020), the company will now reveal its upcoming LT supercar via a press conference that will broadcast online, held by CEO Mike Flewitt.

There’s not much we know about the next LT-branded super sports car coming from McLaren, although we can make some educated guesses looking at the 650S-based 675LT.

Two main features of the new LT would have to do with power and weight. As in, more power and less weight. Word is, however, that McLaren will base the said LT on the 720S, which will make it the second supercar to use 720S underpinnings, after the McLaren Senna.

Expect a generous use of carbon fiber, a streamlined body kit, lighter wheels, and new bits and bobs such as redesigned side mirrors and extra air inlets perhaps, as well as an active rear wing. It goes without saying that the elongate rear end is a must and at the same time, the car’s design centerpiece.

A retuned, more powerful version of McLaren’s 4.0-liter V-8 is on the cards, complemented by larger brakes. Get ready for a spicy price tag, too, on par with the new Longtail’s heightened track abilities.

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It Took an Electric Car to Silence The McLaren 720S

It Took an Electric Car to Silence The McLaren 720S

Believe it or not, it’s electricity and race-grade technology that defeated the otherwise vicious Macca

The McLaren 720S has been instilling fear into every out-and-out supercar, muscle car, and sports car you can think of. It has more drag race wins under its belt than we can count and it’s arguably one of the most quick-accelerating cars on sale today. But it is no match for the audacious Volkswagen ID.R.

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It's Time For The Shelby GT500 to Prove Itself Against the McLaren 720S

It’s Time For The Shelby GT500 to Prove Itself Against the McLaren 720S

Muscle car vs supercar and elephant-sized egos in between

If you’re a regular TopSpeed reader, then you’re no stranger to what the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 can do in a straight-line race. We’ve covered a lot of situations where the muscle car destroyed its peers in a drag race or it bravely held its ground in front of the likes of Ferrari 812 Superfast and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, even on a twisty track.

This time, though, the GT500 found its match in the McLaren 720S. Not only that, but the GT500 you’re about to see getting a beating (repeatedly) from the Macca isn’t running on stock gear, as it has been modded to churn out 800 horsepower.

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Did We Just Catch a McLaren GT Hybrid in the Wild?

Did We Just Catch a McLaren GT Hybrid in the Wild?

This is a very interesting test mule

The McLaren GT was introduced in 2019, and we know for sure that the mule we see here is, in fact, a McLaren GT. Be that as it may, it was caught in a residential neighborhood in France by a friend of Topspeed, and it certainly raises a few questions. First, why is there a camouflaged McLaren GT cruising around France? Second, why was it parked outside a residential area? Third, why do the wheels have “Dyn Wheel” written all over them? Well, we think that McLaren might be testing its new V-6 hybrid drivetrain.

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Watch a McLaren Senna Almost Take Flight on an Old Space Shuttle Runway

Watch a McLaren Senna Almost Take Flight on an Old Space Shuttle Runway

The sound it makes during the run is unbelievable

From the first time it surfaced online to the present day, the McLaren Senna has been the subject of numerous track battles, road trips, and standalone reviews. They’re all well-documented through articles or videos, but there’s never been an instance where the supercar is let to stretch its legs freely and make the most out of its V-8. Or should we say… spread its wings and take off?

Someone took a Senna for a standing mile top speed test at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds runway to see if the McLaren-declared top speed of 208 mph is indeed attainable in real life.

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Can the Bentley Continental GT V8 beat the McLaren GT in the quarter mile?

Can the Bentley Continental GT V8 beat the McLaren GT in the quarter mile?

This clash is about the same purpose chased by different personalities. So, who wins?

Drag races these days can involve cars that sport different personalities and purposes. These days, you can expect a BMW 7 Series to do battle against the humble Dacia Logan MCV just to see how they fare in the quarter-mile run, or you can have your family EV going against all-out supercars... and win by a landslide.

But do you know what? Not many people drag race luxury cars. We, for one, would like to see how the S-Class compares to the Audi A8 in a straight line, or let’s say, how the Bentley Continental GT stacks up against the McLaren GT. Wait, what? It’s been done?

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On a Circuit, the McLaren Speedtail Is Like the 720S... Minus 10, 15 Percent

On a Circuit, the McLaren Speedtail Is Like the 720S... Minus 10, 15 Percent

These are the words of none other than Chris Harris

After the likes of P1 and Senna, the Speedtail is the third member of McLaren’s Ultimate Series. It comes wrapped as a hybrid hyper grand tourer and it recently proved its mettle in a straight line, where it hit 403 km/h (250 mph) more than 30 times during pre-production testing.

Now, McLaren was initially very coy on specific details regarding the Speedtail. However, we now know that the Speedtail mixes a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 with an electric motor or “parallel hybrid system” as McLaren calls it. What we also know is that it has front wheel spats and that Chris Harris would rather have the Speedtail than the Senna.

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This Ceramic Pro Ad Featuing a McLaren 720S Off-Roading is Better Than the Last 3 Fast and Furious Movies Combined

This Ceramic Pro Ad Featuing a McLaren 720S Off-Roading is Better Than the Last 3 Fast and Furious Movies Combined

Don’t worry, no McLarens were harmed in the filming of this video

The video itself is about as clickbaity as it can get. If the title “OFF ROADING MY MCLAREN 720S... i regret destroying my car” doesn’t clue you in, perhaps the thumbnail hinting at a destroyed engine will. To be honest, the title definitely got us, and we sure did watch it. After all, who doesn’t want to see some overly wealthy ass off-road a car with 4.2-inches of ground clearance? It’s not something most of us would do, and that’s the beauty of it. However, as it turned out, this video is intended to be an advertisement for Ceramic Pro, an exterior coating that protects automotive paint.

The video was uploaded by Alex Choi, and we’re not sure if it’s actually an official ad or not. If it’s not, then I have a feeling someone just muscled themselves into an advertising job. Back to the point at hand, the near-7-minute video is downright awesome, featuring a number of stunts, amazing camera angles, and some pretty hardcore dirt-track racing with the aforementioned McLaren 720S.

As much as I like the Fast and Furious franchise, I have to admit that this long advertisement is certainly better than that last trailer for Fast and Furious 9, and to be honest, the action scenes might be better than the last three movies combined. That said, go ahead and check out what could end up being the coolest automotive advertisement of 2020 below.

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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.