McLaren has confirmed the second-generation model of its Super Series range will star at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The new supercar will make history as the first-ever replacement for an existing McLaren product family.
In fact it was only 2011 when the first McLaren MP4-12C - the beginning of the Super Series - was launched. This was followed around 12 months later by the Spider version while the 650S Coupe and Spider were launched in 2014.
The new era of the British supercar brand heralds a new carbon fibre Monocage II body structure shown in this image. Impressively, the second-generation central structure is lighter than the carbon-fibre/metal architecture of the first McLarens and will enable the all-new model to launch with a dry weight of just 1,283kgs which is 18kgs lighter than a similarly-equipped McLaren 650S and, importantly, a smidge lighter than the rival Ferrari 488 GTB.
Key targets in the development of the new architecture are a lower centre of gravity for even sharper driving dynamics, and wider door openings/lower sills for easier entry and exit for driver and passenger. On the access score, note the roof cutouts which indicate the all-new McLaren will run dihedral doors like the revered F1 model.
Customers keen to highlight the state-of-the-art core of their vehicle will be able to order the all-new McLaren with the optional Visible Monocage which features untrimmed A-pillars in raw carbon-fibre.
While McLaren has released the Monocage II image, the company won’t be revealing full details until the Geneva show in early March.
Speculation has the new model powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine but possibly with higher capacity than the current 3.8-litre unit and with more power than its 478kW.
Spy shots of development cars showed the all-new model may abandon McLaren’s hallmark side air intakes and also score a more aggressive front bumper than we’ve seen on previous and current models.
McLaren says the car to be unveiled in the Swiss city is the first of 15 new vehicles to feature under its ‘Track 22 Business Plan’. When McLaren announced that plan it said that by 2020, some 50 percent of its range would be hybrids but at this stage there is no indication if this first addition will have any electrification.
“This is the first time we have replaced a product family and the new Super Series will be absolutely true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment,” was the intriguing comment from McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt.
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