Watch the Alfa Romeo 4C Take a Beating from a Ferrari Pista and McLaren 600LT
Over the past two decades or so, the terms sports car and supercar have changed their meaning. What was considered a supercar 20 years ago, is today only worthy of the sports car tag and we ‘blame’ mankind’s incessant need to go faster and faster for it.
In other words, as technology evolved and improved over time, carmakers were able to build lighter cars, better engines, and more aerodynamic body kits. That’s how we got a whole new breed of go-fast demons: the hypercar (thanks, Bugatti!). But just how big of a difference is there between a modern-day sports car and a supercar? Well, this question has found its answer as an Alfa Romeo 4C went against the likes of Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren 600LT.
The McLaren Speedtail Is Officially The Fastest McLaren Ever Made
When it introduced the Speedtail back in October 2018, McLaren said that it will be the fastest vehicle it has built so far. More than one year later and it’s official, the Speedtail has the highest top speed of any McLaren to date. The hybrid supercar hit a top speed of 250 mph during tests on the the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds drag strip at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, surpassing the previous record holder, the McLaren F1.
2019 Graffiti-Drawn McLaren 720S by Alec Monopoly
The McLaren 720S is in attendance at the Art Basel show in Miami, Florida. Whereas the presence of a supercar of the stature of the 720S would usually draw a crowd in it of itself, this particular 720S stands out for one specific reason: it’s wearing the artwork of renowned New York-based graffiti artist Alec Monopoly.
The 33-year old artist took the task of turning the 720S into a full-blown art car — art cars are an Art Basel Miami tradition — that speaks to his famous style of street art. The McLaren 720S isn’t just wearing Monopoly’s street art; it’s also been fitted with aftermarket components courtesy of 1016 Industries, including what might as well be the fanciest set of wheels we’ve seen in a long time.
2021 McLaren 620R
The 2021 McLaren 620R is the range-topping version of the Sports Series, the company’s entry-level lineage of sports cars. Essentially a road-legal version of the 570S GT4, the 2021 620R slots above the 600LT. Design-wise, the 2021 620R is almost identical to the 570S GT4. It also features the same engine, but because it’s not restricted by racing regulations, the V-8 boasts more power.
Rated at 610 horsepower, the 2021 620R is the most powerful Sports Series vehicle ever created. It’s also the quickest, but it lags behind its siblings when it comes to top speed. With production limited to 350 units, the 2021 McLaren 620R costs almost $300,000. Let’s find out more about this supercar in the review below.
The 2021 McLaren 620R is the Road Legal GT4 Race Car You’ve Been Praying For
Less than two years after it introduced the 600LT, supposedly the range-topping model within the Sports Series lineup, McLaren launched a sportier and even more powerful variant, the 620R. It’s essentially a road-legal version of the 570S GT4 race car, and McLaren claims that it handles, performs, and feels like one. The 2021 620R is the most powerful Sports Series model, but it’s also the most exclusive, with production set to hit only 350 units. Pricing starts from a whopping $299,000.
McLaren Prefers Exclusivity Over Volume and Profit, Won’t Follow the Trend of Its Competitors
Crossovers and SUVs have been hot button issues across boardrooms of exotic automakers all over the world. Some brands like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce have given in to the craze. Bugatti has adopted a fence-hopping approach, straddling both sides with the ease of a gymnast. Then there are companies like Koenigsegg that have sworn off taking that plunge. The latter is a shrinking list, but Koenigsegg can take comfort knowing that it’s got company from McLaren.
Yes, the British supercar brand has no plans of developing and building an SUV because it doesn’t pass the cool factor for the brand. Granted, we’ve seen this song and dance number from automakers that have previously said they wouldn’t build SUVs only to do it anyway. McLaren sounds different, though, and while time will ultimately determine whether the brand’s position remains, it does look like McLaren’s portfolio will remain SUV-free in the near future.
Car for Sale: 1985 ASC McLaren 5.0SC Convertible
Ford moved the Mustang to the then-new Fox platform for the 1979 model year and, at the same time, Mercury introduced the second-generation Capri as a Mustang with a posh interior that was more expensive but, mechanically, almost identical. The cream of the crop were the Capris modified by ASC and McLaren between 1984 and 1986 and, with only 933 Capris ever updated to ASC/McLaren specification, they are particularly rare and hard to find. This one you see here was offered on Craigslist and is said to be one of just 257 units converted in 1985 and one of just 94 originally painted in Oxford White that year.
In the ’70s, if you wanted to try out Ford Cologne’s attempt at building a Mustang for the European market but you didn’t live in Europe, you got yourself a Mercury Capri. As a $2,300 (in 1970) economical sports coupe, the original Capri was what’s known as a ’captive import’ - a car made outside of the U.S. borders but sold Stateside under a different badge while not carrying any divisional identification. In ’72, the Mercury Capri became the first car sold by a Ford-owned brand in the U.S. to feature a V-6 as Mercury introduced a version powered by the 2.6-liter Cologne V-6 engine. In 1976, Mercury followed in the footsteps of the Europeans and started selling the Mark II Capri but the drivetrain remained common with the Ford Pinto, Ford Mustang II, and Mercury Bobcat. The ties between the Capri and the Mustang became closer three years later when the Capri returned on the market as a sports car based on the Fox platform. This is where the story of this car begins in earnest.
2019 McLaren 750LT
After only three years on the market, the first-generation McLaren Super Series, mostly known for its 650S core model, was replaced in 2017. The second-gen supercar now has the 720S at its core, but more versions are set to follow. Arguably the most anticipated variant is McLaren’s successor to the 675LT. This supercar has yet to be officially confirmed, but an unveiling is expected to happen in the first half of 2018, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show. We just created a rendering of the Super Series’ upcoming, range-topping model and put together a speculative review about what it may bring to the table.
If the 675LT is any indication, the recipe for the new LT model should be somewhat straightforward. McLaren will probably take the 720S and give it a more comprehensive aerodynamic package, as well as use a lot more carbon-fiber in order to make it lighter. The car will be further enhanced by a more powerful engine, and there’s a great chance the next LT will be quicker and more powerful than the McLaren P1 (if we ignore the latter’s electric motor that is!). But, how will it compare to the competition? Find out in my speculative article below.
Updated 08/30/2019: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming McLaren 750LT out for a first testing session. Check the "Exterior" section to see how it differs when compared to the 720S.
Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 750LT.
2019 McLaren 720S Spider by Novitec
The McLaren 720S Spider is a certified supercar. It has the design proportions of a McLaren and it features a potent V-8 engine that can lay the smackdown on any car that gets in its way. It’s hard to imagine a car that already has 710 horsepower on tap to gain more power to smoke them fools, but that’s why the aftermarket world exists in the first place. It’s a place where a tuner like Novitec can take a McLaren 720 S and tinker with it to the extent that it now comes with enough power to put most of its rivals in their proper places. This is the world of automotive tuning inhabited by Novitec. Just when you thought that it can’t get any better for your McLaren 720S, the German tuner finds a way to make it happen.
Rain Prisk Just Did the Unimaginable to the McLaren GT and We Like It!
Mid-engined supercars aren’t exactly practical when it comes to luggage room, but McLaren set a new benchmark with the GT. Essentially a successor to the 570S-based 570GT, the McLaren GT offers more space than front-engined grand tourers and even most full-size sedans. But what if the GT was a shooting brake with the engine mounted in the front? A question that no one asked, answered by Rain Prisk, a designed who rendered many production models with different body styles.
2020 McLaren 600LT Spider Pikes Peak Collection
The McLaren Denver car dealership has commissioned McLaren Special Operation to build not one, not two, not three, but six special edition McLaren 600LT Spiders to celebrate America’s most famous hill climb event, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Each of the six special edition 600LT Spiders is dressed in an exclusive color to go with a smattering of interior embellishments. Special edition wheels are also part of the package, as is a commemorative plaque signifying each model’s inclusion in the “Pikes Peak Collection of 6.” The price tag for each of the six McLaren 600LT Spider Pikes Peak models that make up the collection have yet to be announced, but expect each one to cost significantly more than the 600LT Spider’s retail price of $256,000. Considering that we’re dealing with six ‘one-of-one’ versions here, a price closer to $300,000 for each of these models is realistic.
2019 McLaren 600LT by Novitec
With all the attention directed towards the McLaren 720S, it’s easy to forget that Woking’s lineup of exotics also includes the positively spicy McLaren 600LT. It wasn’t that long ago — just last year, in fact — when the 600LT was the darling of McLaren’s lineup. It’s taken a back seat to the 720S since then, but that hasn’t stopped a tuner like Novitec from giving the 600LT the attention it deserves. The German tuner known for its bonkers programs for anything exotic turned to the 600LT and gave it more power. It also added aerodynamic bits to the British supercar, enhancing the 600LT’s performance capabilities to such extent that it can give its big brother a run for its money. The whole kit doesn’t come cheap — nothing Novitec does counts as cheap — but if you’re willing to spend to give your McLaren 600LT an upgrade fit for its status, this new aftermarket program from Novitec is just what the doctor ordered.
2021 McLaren Hybrid Sports Car
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.
McLaren GT vs McLaren F1
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.
7 Practical Mid-Engined Grand Tourers that Came Before the McLaren GT
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.
2020 McLaren GT - Quirks And Facts
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.
How Does the McLaren GT’s Weight Stack Up Against Other Great Models?
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.
McLaren GT vs McLaren 570GT
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!