McLaren Sport Series Supercar Teased Again, Looks Similar to the New 650S

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After it dominated F1 racing in the late ‘80s, Woking-based McLaren Racing Limited put together one of the most iconic road-going cars ever made - the F1.
After some more Formula 1 success, the Brits’ efforts were also channeled into making an all-new road-legal car, developed by McLaren from wheel nut to media system. In case you didn’t know, the 243 mph (391 km/h) F1 wasn’t 100 percent British.

The element that made it such a legend was a BMW product. More specifically, its 6.1L BMW S70/2 naturally aspirated powerhouse, coupled to a snickety six-speed manual transmission. In comparison to this dinosaur of a machine I still want to buy if I ever win the lottery, nowadays McLaren vehicles are a lot more rapid and high tech.

Even the MP4-12C is slotted between supercar and hypercar territory. But the MP4-12C is no more, its place being taken by the even faster and advanced 650S. Furthermore, grandpa F1’s crown is now in the care of the P1, a friggin’ hybrid hypercar that hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in a mere 2.8 seconds.

Ron Dennis’ ambitions won’t stop here

Though he’s more focused on the renewed partnership with Honda, the McLaren chief executive also preps an all-new model aimed for the masses. Dubbed the Sport Series, McLaren announced it will introduce the new entry-level nameplate sometime in 2015.

To be offered in the typical coupe, spider and track-focused variants, this Sport Series thingy has been teased a second time, showing off its butterfly doors and carbon fiber mirrors. What about the oomph?

It’s mum’s guess at the moment, but we won’t hold our breath for anything more than a 3.8L twin-turbo V8 borrowed from the 650S and P1, artificially detuned to under 600 horsepower. A few voices out there are adamant McLaren will market this Sport Series under the P13 name, but nothing’s official yet. As for pricing, expect the new boy to start from $200,000, equating to €160k or £127k at current rates.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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