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.
One interesting attribute of the P14 is its lightweight nature. According to McLaren, the P14 has a dry weight of just 1,283 kg, making it around 18 kg lighter than the 650S. It is also much lighter than its closest rival. The secret to this lightness is the so-called Monocage II – an ultra-lightweight, central structure made from carbon fiber. Monocage II is still very rigid and yet is lighter than the metal-and-carbon structure that underpins the first gen Super Series. When compared to the Monocage I, the Monocoque has several similarities and the same architecture, but is made using a new and different engineering method.
According to McLaren, Monocage II has allowed the carmaker to come up with a wider cabin entrance as well as lower sill – thereby improving ingress and egress. In addition, Monocage II allows for a lower center of gravity, which means that the second-gen Super Series would be able to offer to a more dynamic performance on the road.
The new Super Series will be the first of the 15 new cars cited in the McLaren’s Track22 Business Plan, replacing a whole product family. McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt described the new Super Series as a revolutionary leap forwards, both for the McLaren brand and the supercar segment.
But what about the official name of the P14? Well, if McLaren’s naming protocol will be followed, the P14’s official name would reflect the max output that its engine could generate. The V8 engine in the 650S delivers 650 hp, thus the supercar’s official name. If the new Super Series delivers 750 hp – as speculated – it could officially be named as the McLaren 750S.