McLaren has flagged its intention to further expand its Sports Series range, with the addition of “two new body styles” over the next two years.
Both of those are coupes, and the carmaker has reportedly confirmed that at least one convertible (or ‘Spyder’) will join the range in 2017.
A convertible makes perfect sense for the performance carmaker, but further details are unknown at this stage.
Also unclear is the second of the promised new body styles, which is scheduled to appear next year; ahead of the convertible.
While a wagon or pickup seems highly unlikely, rumours suggest McLaren might attempt to ‘invent’ a new ‘coupe / shooting brake’ crossover.
Whatever the second body style, McLaren says the two new models will boost total output to around 4000 units per year.
For devotees of McLaren’s Super Series models, the company stresses that it will maintain exclusivity despite churning out more cars under the Sports Series banner.
McLaren says it is riding a wave of success, with a £20.8 million (AU$42.8 million) profit announced for the 2014 calendar year - up 68 percent from 2013’s profit of £12.4 million (AU$25.5 million).
The carmaker also boosted its employee base to 1200 last year, and sold 1401 cars - up 18 percent on 2013.
Proudly British, McLaren boasts that 50 percent of its parts are sourced in the UK and 92 percent of its output was exported.
“These latest results highlight that McLaren Automotive continues to push boundaries and are testament to the energy and professionalism of the teams in Woking and around the world, including our retail partners and suppliers,” McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt, said.
“We have seen the third consecutive year of growth for the brand, and a second year of profitability, which is a fantastic achievement and perhaps unprecedented in the modern automotive industry.”
McLaren said its 375th and final example of the P1 hypercar is due to be produced later this year.
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