McLaren Automotive is expanding in Scotland with the opening of McLaren Glasgow later this year. The site will be the carmaker’s fourth location in the United Kingdom after London, Birmingham and Manchester. McLaren Glasgow – to be operated by Park’s Motor Group -- will be offering the carmaker’s full range of high performance sports cars, including the McLaren 650S Coupe and 650S Spider.
McLaren Glasgow will be located in Bothwell Road in Hamilton, close to Glasgow city centre. The site’s location -- situated close to junctions 5 and 6 on the M74 motorway – makes it easy to be accessed for sales and servicing needs.
The state-of-the-art showroom is set to be completed by end of 2014 with official opening planned for December. While the construction is ongoing, Park's Motor Group will provide a temporary facility for sales and aftersales from the end of May. Ross Park, Director at Park’s Motor Group, stated that they are proud to join the McLaren family and represent the brand in Scotland.
He said that Park’s Motor Group will use their experience and knowledge to deliver the “highest levels of customer satisfaction.” David Brimson, European Director for McLaren Automotive, remarked that McLaren Glasgow’s addition to its retail network marks another key step in their European growth plan.
He also remarked that Park’s Motor Group is a leading name in the luxury cars market. McLaren Glasgow will be the 19th retailer for McLaren Automotive in Europe, which operates in 11 countries including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Monaco, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
McLaren Automotive will be unveiling at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show its fastest, most engaging, and most beautiful series-production supercar so far – the new McLaren 650S.
Serving as an additional model alongside the McLaren 12C and already sold-out McLaren P1, the new McLaren 650S builds on the knowledge learned from the these models and from 50 years of competing in Formula One. The McLaren 650S has the potential to redefine the high performance supercar segment, as it was designed and developed to offer the ultimate driver engagement both on the road and on the race track. McLaren plans to offer the new McLaren 12C as a fixed-head coupe or as a Spider with a retractable folding hard top.
As expected, the 650S badge refers to the power output of the new McLaren supercar’s M838T twin turbo V8 engine, at 650 PS (641 bhp).The S designation, meanwhile, refers to 'Sport', which underscores the focus and developments that were implemented to its handling, drivability, engagement and transmission. McLaren will announce the official performance figures ahead of the Geneva Show.
Interestingly, the design of the 650S takes inspiration from the McLaren P1, and serves as preview of a new family design language. Sitting just above the dramatic front bumper of the McLaren 650S are new LED headlamps similar to that of the McLaren P1. Its integrated front splitter gives the new McLaren 650S greater levels of downforce, steering feeling as well as confidence to the driver during turn-in. Furthermore, the integrated front splitter makes the integrated front splitter more balanced and more agile. The front wheels feature door blades that guide air from the trailing edges of the front splitter, resulting to better vehicle balance and front-end grip.