The McLaren Artura PHEV Lays the Foundation for an Electrified Future
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.
The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better
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.
Watch the New McLaren LT Online Debut Right Here!
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.
2019 McLaren GT by McLaren Special Operations
McLaren isn’t going to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance empty-handed. The British automaker is bringing a special edition McLaren GT with McLaren Special Operations’ (MSO) imprints all over it. This isn’t your typical McLaren GT, folks, even if describing the GT as “typical” in it of itself sounds weird. This McLaren GT is the product of MSO’s latest design exercise, a showcase of the group’s ability to turn a $200,000 supercar into what amounts to a one-off creation that’s beaming with exclusive touches. There’s no name for this particular MSO project — perhaps we can just call it the “McLaren GT by MSO” — but that’s fine. This McLaren GT is more like a canvas for MSO to play around with. And play around it did. The McLaren GT doesn’t go on sale in the U.S. market until the fourth quarter of 2019 so you can understand why McLaren’s showcasing this special edition GT at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Timing is everything, so they say. Pricing for the McLaren GT starts at $210,000.
2019 McLaren 720S Spider by MSO
The McLaren 720S Spider is the roofless version of one of the most revered models in McLaren’s Super Series. McLaren’s Special Operations division (MSO) brought a one-off 720S Spider to the Geneva Motor Show to show off the kind of modifications possible with a run-of-the-mill 720S Spider. The result is a tri-color beast with tons of exposed carbon fiber.
Are we getting to the point when personalization has gone too far? Henry Ford used to say that you could have any color on your Ford Model T as long as the color was black. Now, every luxury manufacturer brags about its "nearly infinite" choices, and depending on how deep are your pockets, each is willing to open before you a whole world of options. The MSO division offers multiple worlds, one for each of McLaren’s models, and the 720S Spider has just joined this exclusive group at the Geneva Motor Show.
McLaren Unveils Speedtail Prototype, Names It "Albert"
Some 25 years after the McLaren F1 burst into the scene, it’s one true successor, the McLaren Speedtail has finally arrived. Ok, so the production Speedway isn’t here yet, but McLaren has unveiled the first hybrid powertrain prototype of the Speedtail, complete with an actual name that pays homage to the same street in which its predecessor, the F1, was conceived. The Speedtail prototype will no longer use its “MVY02” internal designation. Instead, we should all get used to calling it “Albert.”
McLaren Teases 570LT\600LT with Top Exhaust Exits, Sets Debut for June 20
The McLaren 570LT is coming, and apparently, a new teaser released by McLaren shows that it’s coming with top-exit exhausts that have the potential to give the 570LT a better soundtrack compared to the 570S. Details are still scarce about the upcoming model, but in addition to the delightful location of the exhausts, it’s also going to arrive in limited quantities. Or as McLaren puts it, “limited to the few.”
To fill the space between the 650S supercar and the astronomically potent P1 hypercar, McLaren built a “track-focused development of the 650S” and called it the 675LT. This limited-production, barely-road-legal race car packs an even bigger punch than its standard-issue forbearer, wringing out every last ounce of performance from the 650S platform via enhanced aerodynamics, less weight, and even more power. It may come with all the markings of something for public highways (you know, like headlights, a windshield, turn signals, and tires with grooves), but given the right environment, the 675LT is capable of posting times far beyond most machines with a license plate.
The “LT” nomenclature is a nod to the F1 GTR “Longtail,” a car that brought McLaren huge success competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance races of the late-‘90s. With that in mind, it’s no surprise the 675LT is framed as “the most driver-focused and exclusive McLaren Super Series model ever made.”
So then – exclusivity, a proven competition pedigree, the very latest motorsport technology, and of course, insane speed. Sounds like quite the package, no?
Updated 10/15/2015: We’ve added full details on McLaren’s most powerful Super Series model.
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McLaren has been facing some massive changes in the past few years with the MP4-12C re-energizing the British automaker after in excess of a decade with no new cars rolling into showrooms. Furthermore, McLaren has been furiously expanding its dealership network across the globe during this time, with one dealership even recently opening in Australia.
However, it’s the U.S. which seems to be the most profitable market for McLaren with MotorTrend reporting that 40 percent of the 1000 MP4-12C’s currently ordered are heading to America and for those who don’t find mathematics their forte, that equates to 400 units. So it goes without saying that the MP4-12C is extremely appealing across the U.S.
On one hand this is a huge shock, as the U.S. is already up there as one of Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s biggest markets, but on the other hand it shows that McLaren’s efforts to open up a network of dealers in the U.S. has paid off.
It’s currently unclear if any private U.S. customers have had their MP4-12C’s delivered, after McLaren ‘recalled’ them due to various complaints from road-testers. Either way, McLaren sales in the U.S. are sighted to rise even higher in the coming years with the F1 successor currently being developed, while various variants of the MP4-12C will also be produced, possibly even an MP4-12C Shooting Brake.