The new 570S Coupé features a flying buttress design
The first model in McLaren's entry-level Sports Series will be badged 570S
The Sports Series models were seen testing in convoy with a 675LT
Models in the Sports Series will all feature McLaren's carbon fibre tub
McLaren has slowly been revealing the Sports Series under its 'Black Swan Moments' banner
The first two Sports Series models will be seen in New York
The Sports Series has recently been spotted winter testing
McLaren has previewed the model in an official video
Power will come from a detuned version of McLaren's 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine
Cars in the Sports Series are set to cost from around £140,000
The Sports Series should come with over 500bhp
The Sports Series sits underneath McLaren's Super Series range
The Sports Series features rear light clusters similar to those on the P1
The car's front-end design appears different to that of any other McLaren model
At least one model in the Sports Series should be destined for the Asian market
McLaren could follow convention by naming its Sports Series models according to their power outputs
The initial coupé will be joined by Spider and GT versions
This McLaren preview image shows off the Sports Series' carbon tub
The Sports Series will spawn new grand tourer and racing versions
The Sports Series sits below the 650S in McLaren's range
The mule reveals dramatic side sculpting to the Sports Series
A detuned V8 engine is tipped to power the Sports Series range
The entry-level Sports Series model is tipped to cost from £125k
McLaren could look to make a version of the Sports Series the most practical model in its line-up
The exhausts of the new McLaren sit at the bottom of the car rather than in the middle
The doors used by this Sports Series model are similar to those used by the P1
McLaren has previewed the new Sports Series with official images
The McLaren 570S Coupé will be the first car launched as part of the firm's new Sports Series range, it has been confirmed.
Like the 650S, the new two-seater takes its name from its power output. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine produces 570PS, or 562bhp.
The 570S will take after other models in the McLaren range in that it features a mid-engined layout and is based around a carbonfibre tub. It is expected to be the first of three models in the new entry-level Sports Series, with a convertible Spider and a more spacious GT model set to join the line-up later. A high-performance 'Long Tail' version is also likely.
McLaren is also understood to be planning a track-only GT3 version of the Sports Series to be raced by customer teams. It believes there are now so many credible race contenders that the new car needs a track presence to achieve visibility.
The first models in the entry-level Sports Series range are scheduled to receive their public debut at the New York motor show next week. Prices for the line-up are expected to start at about £140,000.
Mules for the Sports Series have been spotted testing as far back as 2013, with early prototypes wearing modified 12C bodywork. The Sports Series shares no panels with any other McLaren and has unique glasshouse styling, but its LED headlights are in the shape of McLaren’s badge. It lacks the 650S’s sophisticated suspension, but engineers have worked hard on its capabilities on both road and track.
The cars’ debut means McLaren can at last offer models in each of the categories it has identified: Sports Series, Super Series (650S and the 675LT) and Ultimate Series (P1, P1 GTR and their future siblings). The 12C, which McLaren said would continue in production, has been dropped because buyers prefer the newer models.
The latest video preview issued by McLaren is understood to show the coupé variant in testing. New details revealed include the LED headlights and rear light clusters inspired by the P1 hypercar, while the front-end design appears undisguised for the first time. The front sits very low to the ground and sports a different aerodynamic package to that seen on McLaren's current cars. McLaren's official preview picture has also shown off the car's flying buttress design.
“We’ve been working at this plan since the company began,” said CEO Mike Flewitt. “The only car we didn’t plan and agree is the P1 GTR, which is a track-only model we’ll sell to existing P1 owners. Everything we do in future will fit into this structure.”
The debut of the Sports Series cars will bring another jump in McLaren production, said Flewitt, but he insisted the company is “about exclusivity, not volume”. McLaren expects to sell around 1700 to 1800 cars this year, but output will rise beyond 4000 when the Sports Series is established.
“We should peak at about 4000 units when the market is mature,” said Flewitt. McLaren currently sells its cars through 72 dealers worldwide and expects to build that to 100.
Meanwhile, the company has finished building its 375 P1s, will complete 40 P1 GTRs (orders closed last week) and is turning its attention to its next Ultimate Series car.“I’ve always said we won’t want to make a P1-and-a-bit,” Flewitt said. “The next Ultimate Series McLaren has to take a very significant step over what we have.
“There are several directions we could take. One would be finding ways to get more weight out of the car’s structure. Another would be to take advantage of more power-dense battery packs if they became available. And there’s always the promise of better aerodynamics and better software. But it could take 10 years. After all, the leap from F1 to P1 took 20.”
Flewitt also scotched the idea of a McLaren SUV. “We have no such plans,” he said. “We’re totally committed to making sports cars.”
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