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McLaren CEO admits 4-seater GT is possible, but says no to 4 doors

McLaren rejects the idea of creating anything other than a sports car. That means that vehicles that would be ideal for families such as an SUV or a crossover are definitely off the table. But then, the British marque recently hinted that they may be open to producing a sports car that came with 4 seats. Yes, 2 extra seats for 2 lucky companions. In the past, the British marque has previously offered a 3-seat sports car- the iconic McLaren F1 that had a central driver's seat, bordered by 2 rear seats. Another car that will be boasting a 3 seater is the hyped BP23 Hyper GT.

McLaren representatives reiterated to the public that the legendary British auto manufacturer will keep the production of supercars a top priority, and that they’re not even considering SUVs and crossovers even as their rivals have embraced these bigger, more practical vehicles. In June 2016, Motoring.com.au communicated with McLaren's former global corporate communications manager Duncan Forrester in Goodwood Festival of Speed, and Forrester allegedly confirmed a 4-seat Macca was in the works. However, McLaren soon clarified Forrester's remarks and denied that the said 4 seat sports car is being produced.

McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt told Auto Express during the Auto Shanghai show that it would consider the market’s preferences. He also said that a 4-seater will lose some of its agility because the wheelbase will be slightly longer. However, if McLaren will be able to build a more attractive car than anyone else in the segment, then it may just be a go. This 4 seat GT model would be squaring up against the releases of Aston Martins and the Ferrari FF. Flewitt also mentioned that such a model could join the entry Sports Series lineage or be at the top of the Ultimate Series as a super GT car. Sweet.

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McLaren 570S Spider will debut this year

Following in the footsteps of the McLaren 570S, 540C and 570GT is the newest addition to the McLaren Sports Series -- the roofless 570S Spider. McLaren 570S was rolled out in coupe form 2 years ago, and we have been waiting for a convertible Spider version ever since. Now our fantasy can be a reality, as McLaren Automotive head honcho Mike Flewitt addressed the rumors and finally confirmed that the 570S Spider will be released possibly this year.

Flewitt is still silent about the further specs of the 570S Spider, however the up-and-coming sports car convertible will be built based on the Spider versions 650 and 675LT, which have been fitted with a folding hardtop.

The new 570S Spider will be equipped with a biturbo 3.8 L V8 engine, akin to its fixed-roof equivalent. When an auto manufacturer converts a coupe into a convertible, we can't help but think about the extra weight and lessened rigidity. However, the performance hasn't changed much, as the folding roof of the 570S Spider only puts on around 88 lbs (40 kg) and will not alter the 570S Spider's acceleration record from zero to 62 miles per hour (100 km per hour).

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McLaren 720S finally in production stage, first car has rolled out

After months and months of teasers, and its official debut at last month’s auto show held in Geneva, McLaren is proud to announce that the 720S has finally reached its most awaited production stage. In fact, the first ever car has already been built at the supercar maker’s production center in Woking, England.

The McLaren 720S is the second generation of the company’s “Super Series” cars. Being the successor of the former 650S, we expect a lot from this car. And it definitely lived up to that expectation. The 720S makes use of the all-new P14 chassis. Meaning that this is the beginning of a new chapter for McLaren, and the end of the first generation P11 series that was unveiled way back in 2009 in the 12C model, and produced in 2011. In fact, the 2014 650S model was part of the first generation, and according to the company, over 7,000 P11 cars have been sold since it was released.

McLaren celebrates this milestone, and it even posted a photo of the first two cars at the factory with hundreds of employees on social media with the caption “A landmark moment - The first production McLaren 720S is ready, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the McLaren Automotive story”.

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Lego McLaren 720S will be available in June

It’s finally confirmed to be coming! The newest addition to the miniature range is none other than McLaren’s hottest new supercar --- the 720S. Lego earlier introduced the McLaren P1 package along with Ford’s GT40 and GT models. For some time, we’ve always wondered what else would come out from Lego’s Speed Champions series.

Lego’s latest Speed Champions set will be available starting June. The Lego McLaren 720S building kit consists of a drawing board with the original design sketch and a 3D-printed model. Furthermore, the McLaren design studio desk comes with its own coffee cup and mini figure.

This new Lego model’s design and color scheme is taken from the real McLaren 720S seen at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. In real life, the supercar’s V8 engine brings a 720hp (536kW) with a top speed of 212mph (341kph) on the table.

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McLaren car owners will be thanking the automotive company as it has decided to roll out new goodies for the 540C, 570S and 570GT sports car line-up. From this series of accessories, they surely can enhance their rides to compete with the new releases of car companies far and wide, not only for aesthetic purposes but also to increase their protection.

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) came up with a tier of personalized packages fit to either protect or enhance the said super cars. MSO has shown off an array of personalized cars lately, including the new 720S that was unveiled earlier this month at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. MSO is the division of McLaren automotive solely responsible for client's commissions. This department has 5 level of services: MSO Limited, MSO Defined, MSO Programmes, MSO Heritage and the MSO Bespoke division.

It should also be mentioned that the brand offers new floor mats and cargo-area mats. The British automaker protection products are made to keep the prized materials of the Sports Series in mint condition. Indoor and outdoor covers to protect your beloved vehicle's bodywork and paint are now at hand. Also available are skid plates that can be mounted underneath the vehicles and shield the ever delicate front diffusers from grating against speed bumps and curbs.

Read the entire article McLaren launches accessories for the 540C, 570S, and 570GT Sports Series

Motor show after motor show. Kicking it off at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, several more auto shows are scheduled for the first half of the year. Over the weekend, there was the Belgrade Motor Show, which will be followed by the Seoul Motor Show happening soon. In April, let us not forget the New York International Auto Show, and fans will be brought to Britain when the country’s largest auto show – the London Motor Show takes place over the first weekend of May.

Japanese car tuning company, Liberty Walk, who is known not just for dressing up cars, but actually remodeling the car itself, is scheduled to attend the upcoming London Motor Show. Established in 2008 in Japan, the company develops body kits for the world’s finest cars. And today, there are over 500 hand-built LB Works cars driving around and outside of Japan, including Europe and the US.

The Japanese tuners will be presenting a McLaren 650s that their company customized at the motor show after its premiere in Geneva. The supercar gets a distinctive yellow exterior with green stripes as accents, and layers of clear paint for extra shine.

Read the entire article Liberty Walk’s McLaren 650S is set to appear at 2017 London Motor Show on May 4

McLaren is said to be designing the next generation of Sports Series, which could include a V6 hybrid among its powertrain options. It was earlier reported that the British automaker has a 6-year plan to develop hybrid electric powertrains for its supercars. McLaren however did not elaborate much on the details about its “Track 22” project.

In a recent interview with Car & Driver, McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt said that it’s all about the character. For them, it doesn’t matter if it is going to be a V6, a V8, a V10 or a V12 as long as its performance is good. Also, as much as most people love the “manual-shifting V12”, he thinks it’s rather outdated by twenty years. This is why they are not so attached to the “cylinder count” from the very beginning. Instead, the CEO pointed out the fact that they are more into “performance and excitement”.

Having just come out with V8 engines a couple of years back, the McLaren 570 S and 540C are still using the same updated engine versions of the V8. Though not yet confirmed, the current V8 could be replaced especially after Flewitt commented that they are working on a new V6 hybrid powertrain.

Read the entire article Next generation McLaren Sports Series could get a V6 hybrid drivetrain

McLaren diehards, this is the moment that you're all waiting for. The British automaker recently publicized the teaser outline of its new automobile that will hit the streets soon, dubbed the "hyper-GT" car, bearing the codename BP23.

The teaser image revealed a sleek rear fitted with slim taillights, which comprise the design trademark of the modern McLaren sports car. Rumors flew that the hybrid car will utilize the company's recent 4.0 liter V8 biturbo engine that will be equipped with an electric motor and a battery pack. Autocar guessed that the power of this car will possibly exceed 900 horsepower (671 kilowatts). The super car will also be built with dihexidral doors extending up to the roof, and a roof mounted air scoop is also to be included.

The McLaren F1, the BP23 Hyper-GT predecessor, was developed around 1992 and made available to the public in 1994. It was considered "the world's fastest production car" in which the supercar was coming in hot with speeds reaching up to 240.1 (386.4 km/h). The F1 even surpassed the 213 mph record of the Jaguar XJ220's in 1992, as well as the RUF CTR's 217 mph record in 1995. That being said, the McLaren F1's record lasted until it was ultimately surpassed by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 with a maximum speed of 253.81 mph (408.47 km/h). All of this is going to change as the British supreme automaker is now in the works of producing the F1 scion, the McLaren Hyper-GT BP23.

Read the entire article McLaren titillates fans with upcoming release of BP23 Hyper GT

I’ve got some pretty awesome news for you, McLaren fans. You can now have your cars customized like you’re used to on your favourite video games. Now, you can have a car that looks like no one else’s, handpicked by you, and in your own personal style.

At last week’s 2017 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren just announced its newest project, the same time that the new 720S made its official debut. Simple but sleek. The 720S has a very masculine design. But we’re not just talking about design here. The firm developed a special microsite specially for the McLaren 720S Super Series. This site allows customers to fully configure their supercar based on their personal taste. It is broken down to three levels - Standard, Performance, and Luxury.

From its carbon fiber exterior, to the best quality leather interior. Take your pick from a total of 34 exterior colours, and a number of interior schemes. You get to be as conservative as you want, or go crazy wild with your colour options. There are no limitations.

Read the entire article Customize your own McLaren 720S with the latest online configurator

According to reports, McLaren, who recently has just released the 720S supercar, is already working on a variant of the supercar. During the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the company had recently announced that they are currently developing a Long Tail (LT) version of the McLaren 720S.

McLaren’s “675LT was a huge success” according to CEO Mike Flewitt, so he thought that launching another Long Tail will have great potential to be a hit, as the LT brand has already been recognized by people after the 675LT. And they know what to expect from it.

The 720S, weighing just about 2,800 pounds due to its carbon fiber body, with 710 horsepower is already so light and fast, considering its 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine. So what more can we expect from the upcoming 720S LT? Expect to be blown away. There are rumors that the LT version will have even more power, better driving dynamics, and will weigh even less - just like the 675LT.

Read the entire article Very powerful McLaren 720S Long Tail (LT) will be going up against the Huracan Performante

McLaren Automotive has officially revealed a customized 720S that was made by none other than the McLaren Special Operations (MSO). This comes as a surprise to many as the brand just a day before, unveiled the 720S during the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. However, the brand is showing this bespoke variant as a way of telling customers how much they will be able to customize the new Super Series.

This variant is nicknamed as the Velocity and shows the vast customization options available to buyers who will have their new 720S personalized by MSO. MSO is the brand’s bespoke vehicle group.

According to McLaren Special Operations Managing Director Ansar Ali, the goal of MSO has always been to meet the desire of customers for exclusivity. The way the 720S has been designed is a good starting point for many customers and the Velocity is only one example of what they can do, he said.

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The new mid-engine, rear–wheel-drive, two-seater McLaren 720S is a successor to the 650S Coupe. Celebrated as an aerodynamic superior, 720S’s new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 delivers all of its 710 horsepower to the rear wheels thru its seven-speed paddle shift gearbox. Its aluminum/carbon fiber package weighs over 2,800 pounds and also has cool dihedral doors.

Based on McLaren’s 3.8-liter engine, 720S’s mill has a lighter crankshaft with a longer stroke, lighter pistons and connecting rods, new turbos and a host of other upgrades. Highest power hits at 7,500 revs en route to an 8,200 rpm redline, with 537 pound-feet of torque reaching at most 5,500 revs.

In the McLaren 720S, air is managed around the A-pillars and channeled into the door ducts, letting it flow into gills on each side of the engine. The smart mechanism advances engine cooling by 15 percent while also providing additional downforce.

Read the entire article 720S: a new supercar at the heart of the McLaren brand

There is definitely a second-generation Super Series from McLaren. Even in camouflaged form, it is simply incredible. But while we still don’t have the full data on how truly dynamic the next generation of McLaren’s Super Series (known internally as P14) is, the British sports car maker is kind enough to provide us some information before it officially unveils its new supercar at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

First up is the firepower for the P14 Super Series. It will be powered by a new 4.0-liter M840T engine that employs ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers. It is expected that this powerplant will deliver more output than the engine fitted in the McLaren 650S, which boasts of around 650 hp. There are speculations that this turbocharged 4.0-liter M840T engine will be able to develop around 700 hp, 720 hp or 720 hp.

Whatever the final output figure would be, this engine would be powerful enough to allow the P14 supercar to sprint from zero to 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 7.8 seconds. McLaren didn’t reveal the zero-to-100 km/h time for the new Super Series, but it may divulge it later. However, the sports car maker did state that the new P14 Super Series could hit the standing quarter mile (400 meters) in just 10.3 seconds.

Read the entire article McLaren 720S zooms to 124 mph in 7.8 seconds then becomes standstill in 4.6 seconds

This sight of a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren sitting on parking lot for nearly six years is definitely heartbreaking. If it was any ordinary mass-produced non-premium car sitting there, it wouldn’t matter. But because it is Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – with current second-hand price hovering at around $350,000 – being parked unused on a lot attracts plenty of attention.

Such is the case of this Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – wrapped in white finish – that has been sitting idle and unused on a police parking lot in Czech Republic. According to a report by Magazin ProDriver CZ, the police confiscated this classic Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren in 2011, as part of an investigation into a complex theft case that involves a local leasing company. However, until the police finishes the probe, the now abandoned Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren cannot be touched, sold or even leased. What a sad fate!

Leaving a car – much less a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren -- abandoned on a parking lot for around six years would greatly prime the vehicle for slow destruction. At first glance, this Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren seemed to be in pristine condition. Its white finish seemed to be intact, the same with its other exterior parts and features. However, dust has already built up on different places of the hypercar. While the deterioration might not be seen on the outside, wait until you see the inside. Its engine brakes and other vital components might have already seized up and won’t function as before. Moreover, its electrics could have already been damaged by rats or by the weather.

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The next generation of McLaren’s Super Series will be much easier to drift thanks to a new just-press-a-button-feature. So, in the near future, McLaren’s supercars wouldn’t just be fast, but also more agile.

Typically, rear-wheel drive cars are easier to drift than vehicles with other configurations. Aside from that fact, rear-wheel drive cars are considered sportier. As a die-hard advocate of rear-wheel drive layout, McLaren has always created sports and super cars with this configuration. This is why you could see video clips of McLaren cars doing the drift on the Internet.

McLaren is currently in the midst of developing the successor to its current Super Series, and the first one would be a successor to its 650S sports car. The name of this successor remains unknown, although it is called internally at McLaren as P14. The British carmaker has dropped the fact that the next generation of the Super Series will be featuring a so-called “McLaren Variable Drift Control” that allows the P14 sports car to, basically, drift easier with a swipe of the fingers.

Read the entire article Drifting made easier on McLaren’s new Super Series

Retired Formula 1 driver Jenson Button has just received his brand new McLaren MSO 675LT Spider. This was confirmed after McLaren Beverly Hills posted a picture on its official Instagram account. There must be a sentimental reason why he chose the new MSO among other high performance cars. It must have something to do with the fact that Button drove a McLaren-Honda in last year’s F1 world championship.

There have been no reports yet on what the 2009 F1 champion plans for his immediate future. Since he has retired, it’s likely that he must’ve bought the 675LT for his own personal use and enjoyment. He had owned 12Cs and 650S in the past but this new Spider surpasses all of them when it comes to performance and price. His Longtail comes with special MSO finishing, which includes black alloy wheels with five spoke design as well as brake calipers of the same color.

Earlier reports revealed that a McLaren 675LT Spider with MSO paint would cost you an additional $60,000. That’s merely for the paint job. There is also this $12,000 color coded key fobs that come separately.

Read the entire article Jenson Button now the proud owner of a new McLaren MSO 675LT Spider

McLaren is back with its Formula One-theme chronographs! When McLaren divorced from long-time watch partner TAG Heuer, not a few were disappointed with the end of their partnership seeing how this could affect the carmaker’s prized F1 watches. Thankfully, McLaren found a new partner in the persona of high-end watchmaker Richard Mille.

Finally, the first fruit of the collaboration between the British carmaker and racing team and famed chronographer has been revealed – the all-new limited edition RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1. Yes, we admit that its name is a bit long, and perhaps it is the longest among high-end luxury watches. We will refer to the RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1 as RM 50-03 Tourbillon for the sake of brevity from here on.

Interestingly, while its name is quite long, the RM 50-03 Tourbillon is the lightest mechanical watch ever made, with a weight of less than 40 grams. Despite its lightweight nature, the RM 50-03 Tourbillon reportedly comes with a heavyweight price tag. According to reports, you could get one of the 75 examples of this F1-imspired high-end watch for around $1 million, and that price tag doesn’t include taxes. This pricing is quite logical considering the fact that the watches that Richard Mille has created cost $100,000 or more while its Tourbillon chronographs sells for around half a million dollars. Taking into account that this is an F1 timepiece with only 75 examples carefully crafted, the price of $1 million is not surprising.

Read the entire article McLaren and Richard Mille unveil new RM 50-03 Split-seconds chronograph priced at $1 million

McLaren has officially confirmed the arrival of the second generation of its Super Series. No, McLaren hasn’t unveiled the next-gen Super Series, but it has confirmed that it will take the wraps off this new supercar at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show on March 7.

The first generation of the Super Series was born in 2011, when McLaren introduced the 12C, followed by the 12C Spider in 2012. Then, McLaren introduced the 650S Coupe and 650S Spider in 2014. The British completed the first gen of the Super Series in 2015 by introducing the 675LT Coupe and 675LT Spider. In 2016, there had been speculations that McLaren was developing the first of the second-gen Super Series – a replacement vehicle the McLaren 650S that will be released for the 2018 model year. The speculations had been fueled by the existence of spy photos of the prototype.

Even until now, McLaren has not confirmed or provided a name for the successor to the McLaren 650S. However, we’ve received reports that this successor is known internally as P14. So for now until McLaren officially reveals the name, we will call the 650S successor as the P14.

Read the entire article 2nd generation McLaren Super Series will break cover at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

After introducing the first ever MP4-12C in the last 5 years, McLaren once again celebrates an important milestone in history. The British car manufacturer has just completed the production of its 10,000th vehicle and it’s none other than the 570S in Ceramic Grey.

This unusual shade comes from the MSO’s “Defined” bespoke color chart. Mike Flewitt their CEO, fondly recalls how they built the first half of the 10,000 units, saying that it went on for at least 42 months. As a matter of fact, the team worked extensively from McLaren’s Production Centre in England to build its 5,000th car.

Considering that time frame, who would think it would only take them 22 months to finish the second half? But they did! The “pace of development” says a lot how far the company has grown all these years. McLaren indeed has a lot to be thankful for.

Read the entire article McLaren builds its 10,000th car

McLaren has finally shown some images for its MSO Carbon Series LT. If you can recall, the limited edition model was only revealed earlier this year. Since then, the Carbon Series LT sold out quickly after the British car manufacturer has allotted only 25 units for production. Or it could be because McLaren dressed up the usual 675LT with 40% more carbon fibre. Either way, we’re not at all surprised.

The limited version features a 666 hp, 3.8 litre twin turbo engine to begin with. Besides the devil’s 3-digit code, the car also boasts up to 516 pound feet of torque. This makes it go all the way from 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. If that’s not enough, wait ‘til you see its top speed reach up to 200mph.

Although the company hasn’t released the full price details for the McLaren Special Operations Carbon Series LT, we’re expecting it to cost more than £285,450. That is if we have to consider the 675LT Spider’s already expensive price tag. Of course the use of carbon fiber for its entire body certainly comes with a price.

Read the entire article McLaren flaunts its MSO Carbon Series LT with new pictures
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