In the first half of next year McLaren will launch a new family of sports cars, which will sit below the 650S and provide a more affordable (though by no means 'cheap') entrypoint to McLaren ownership.
This family has already been confirmed to bear the Sports Series moniker, though despite some reports to the contrary this won't be the name of the actual cars
Instead, the Sports Series models are expected to follow the McLaren 650S' nomenclature, with the number equating to the car's output in metric horsepower (PS).
Three bodystyles are expected to be offered: the coupe seen here, a drop-top Spider version, and a fastbacked "GT" version.
With the Sports Series cars expected to be powered by a 500PS (373kW) version of the 650S' 478kW 3.8 litre V8, it's not unreasonable to expect McLaren's new entry-level models to wear 500S badges when they arrive in the second quarter of 2015.
Yet while its official debut is still some months away, these photos of a camouflaged prototype undergoing testing shows that development of the 500S coupe is already well advanced.
The camouflage obscures the details, but styling will be similar to that of the 650S and draw much inspiration from the P1 flagship as well.
The carbon chassis it's built around will be derived from its more powerful cousins, but won't be exactly the same.
A debut at either the Geneva Motor Show in March or the New York Auto Show in April is rumoured, while pricing is expected to be in the same region as cars like the Mercedes-AMG GT, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Porsche 911 Turbo and Audi R8 V10.
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