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.
This is far from a confirmation but looking at the British marque's ambitious plans to roll out 15 brand new vehicle models in the next 5 years, venturing into new genres would be deemed unavoidable at this point in time.
To be clear, Flewitt explained that saying yes to 4 seats doesn’t directly translate to 4 doors. Moreover, it seems that Flewitt and other McLaren honchos will be keeping a keen eye on Porsche and Lamborghini to observe if consumers will take a fancy on the Panamera Sport Turismo and the upcoming Urus SUV.
For now, the British marque is steadily focusing on 720S sales. CEO Flewitt disclosed to Auto Express that a whopping 1,400 orders have already been submitted for the sports car, officially making the 720S a massive success for 2017. Amid Chinese order books just beginning to open and with the expectation that the sports car will soon be displayed in showrooms, Flewitt is expecting that number to multiply in the coming days.