2nd generation McLaren Super Series will break cover at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on January 6, 2017

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.

Press Release

McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE ANNOUNCES SECOND-GENERATION SUPER SERIES, THE NEW CORE OF THE McLAREN BRAND

A new era will begin for McLaren Automotive this March with the launch of the second generation of its Super Series at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. The first of the 15 new cars cited in the company’s Track22 Business Plan, the second-generation Super Series is also the first replacement of a product family by the British manufacturer of luxury sports and supercars.

“Super Series is the core of the McLaren business and personifies the blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren heartland,” explained McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt. “This is the first time we have replaced a product family and the new Super Series will be absolutely true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment.”

The new Super Series is created around an ultra-lightweight, carbon fibre central structure. Immensely rigid, yet weighing less than the carbon fibre and metal cockpit architecture of the first-generation Super Series, the Monocage II contributes to a lightest dry weight of just 1,283kg for the new car – lower than the closest competitor and 18kg lighter than a McLaren 650S with comparable specification.

The development of Monocage II has allowed McLaren to incorporate a wider cabin entrance and lower sill to improve access into a driver environment that will offer excellent all-round visibility. The new chassis structure also enables a lower centre of gravity, further sharpening the dynamic performance of the new Super Series. Owners wishing to showcase the carbon-fibre construction chassis can specify a ‘Visible Monocage’ option that exposes the material on the inside area of the A-pillar.

The Super Series lineage began in 2011 with the launch of the groundbreaking 12C. The 12C Spider followed in 2012 and in 2014 McLaren introduced the 650S Coupé and 650S Spider. The first generation of the McLaren Super Series was further expanded in 2015 with the launch of the limited edition 675LT Coupé and 675LT Spider.

Full details of the new, second-generation Super Series will be confirmed in March, when further images and pricing will also be available.

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