Known internally as the P14, McLaren's 650S successor will arrive next year with even more extreme styling than that of the P1 hypercar

McLaren P14 development car has been spotted by YouTube user Petrol Ped (video below).

The P14, as it is known internally by McLaren, will eventually replace the 650S. No arrival date has been set, but it is expected to arrive next year.

Insurance database information for this latest development car suggests the production model will retain a 3.8-litre V8 engine like that its predecessor. At 2min 55sec into the video the car's distinctive exhaust note can be heard.

This latest sighting, near Chichester, follows an earlier sighting made by our spy photographer in southern Europe and another by Dutch website Auto Wereld.

Despite the camouflage, the design of the P14 clearly takes influence from the P1 hypercar, but the brand's McLaren logo-inspired headlights seem to be gone in favour of more conventional units fitted with ultra-powerful LEDs.

The new car forms part of the British manufacturer’s commitment to launch a new model every year, including hybrid models.

The P14 will use McLaren’s carbonfibre tub - albeit in its latest form - and its power output will be extended beyond the 641bhp of the 650S.

Peak power of 660bhp would that of the match the P14’s closest current rival, the Ferrari 488 GTB, and still allow the 675LT to top McLaren’s Super Series range. However, because the 675LT is limited to just 500 units, McLaren may also choose to surpass that car’s 666bhp output.

To beat the Ferrari, McLaren will have to ensure the P14 can reach 62mph from rest in less than three seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 205mph.

While the P14’s styling has similarities to other McLaren models, it represents a big shift from the company's recent products and will set the design template for its next batch of models.

Autocar has previously contacted McLaren for comment on the sightings, and the Woking firm denied it was a P14, instead saying: "This is a prototype mule that’s being used for the testing and development of new technology."

However, our sources remain convinced this is a P14 prototype.

McLaren design director Frank Stephenson has already said the P14 will be “even crazier” than the P1 hypercar. The company’s established hallmarks, such as the distinctive side-mounted air intakes and front bumper design, look to have been ditched for a new design.

An open-top variant is also planned and, like today’s 650S Spider, it will feature a folding hard-top roof. Although the 650S Spider was launched at the Geneva motor show in 2014 alongside the 650S coupé, McLaren’s current launch strategy means the convertible P14 is likely to be seen around a year after the coupé goes on sale.

Prices for the P14 are expected to rise over those of the current 650S, which costs £198,000 in coupé form and £215,250 as a convertible.

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3 August 2015

Supercars, above all else, need a clear identity. Looking like a CAD-designed Ferrari clone simply won't do. McLaren always seems to be a work in progress, like a slightly more competent Lotus. And we won't even mention the Nurburgring debacle...

3 August 2015

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10 September 2016
Norma Smellons wrote:

Supercars, above all else, need a clear identity. Looking like a CAD-designed Ferrari clone simply won't do. McLaren always seems to be a work in progress, like a slightly more competent Lotus. And we won't even mention the Nurburgring debacle...

well said

No manual - no fun

TBC

3 August 2015

One wonders just how McLaren will squeeze more power from their existing unit. Seeing how expensive batteries seem to be, and unless some technological leap in the next 12 months radically reduces their price, they will most likely be limited to the P1s replacement. Alternatively, they may choose to provide some sort of E-boost to provide torque fill allowing them to increase boost. As Ferrari has now embraced turbocharging, it will be interesting to see which alternatives the rivals choose over the next few years.

3 August 2015

I don't hold a brief for either McLaren or Ferrari, seeing virtues in both, but I note that McLaren seems to have no trouble selling cars that "simply won't do", I also note that the 911 has been a "work in progress" for 50+ years, and that Ferrari, whose cars, I'm sure, also benefit from CAD, has followed McLaren by using turbos in this sector of the market.

3 August 2015
275not599 wrote:

I don't hold a brief for either McLaren or Ferrari, seeing virtues in both, but I note that McLaren seems to have no trouble selling cars that "simply won't do", I also note that the 911 has been a "work in progress" for 50+ years, and that Ferrari, whose cars, I'm sure, also benefit from CAD, has followed McLaren by using turbos in this sector of the market.

Sure they are selling but people see them as constantly chasing Ferrari and trying to beat Ferrari at their own game. Mclaren would benefit from stop trying to beat Ferrari (just to lose every time) and build their own identity, just like Porsche. To make ever more strange design with a lot of wings and aero parts is creating one bland car after another. And Ferrari was forced to go turbo by unfair competition. While Ferrari made worlds best NA engine with highest hp/L output than any sports car, all the competition did was add ever bigger turbos to beat Ferrari. So emissions was not the biggest reason. You want to blame someone for the amazing NA engines disappearing, blame the lazy and unfair competition. You know who.

Dan

31 October 2016
bezor Ta wrote:
275not599 wrote:

I don't hold a brief for either McLaren or Ferrari, seeing virtues in both, but I note that McLaren seems to have no trouble selling cars that "simply won't do", I also note that the 911 has been a "work in progress" for 50+ years, and that Ferrari, whose cars, I'm sure, also benefit from CAD, has followed McLaren by using turbos in this sector of the market.

Sure they are selling but people see them as constantly chasing Ferrari and trying to beat Ferrari at their own game. Mclaren would benefit from stop trying to beat Ferrari (just to lose every time) and build their own identity, just like Porsche. To make ever more strange design with a lot of wings and aero parts is creating one bland car after another. And Ferrari was forced to go turbo by unfair competition. While Ferrari made worlds best NA engine with highest hp/L output than any sports car, all the competition did was add ever bigger turbos to beat Ferrari. So emissions was not the biggest reason. You want to blame someone for the amazing NA engines disappearing, blame the lazy and unfair competition. You know who.

Really? so why has the LaFerrari come out third in every comparison test of the holy trinity with McLaren FIRST and Porsche second. Plus How is the competition unfair because they bought a turbocharging in to the V8 supercar game? Its called moving with the times and the reason Ferrari made their own was because Porsche, McLaren, Audi and everyone else where more forward thinking.

Let's face it, without monty Ferrari have gone backwards. The F1 team (even with Mercedes help) is struggling and every week getting bashed in the Italian media. Its a matter of time before Arrivabene is left hung out to dry.

31 October 2016
bezor Ta wrote:
275not599 wrote:

I don't hold a brief for either McLaren or Ferrari, seeing virtues in both, but I note that McLaren seems to have no trouble selling cars that "simply won't do", I also note that the 911 has been a "work in progress" for 50+ years, and that Ferrari, whose cars, I'm sure, also benefit from CAD, has followed McLaren by using turbos in this sector of the market.

Sure they are selling but people see them as constantly chasing Ferrari and trying to beat Ferrari at their own game. Mclaren would benefit from stop trying to beat Ferrari (just to lose every time) and build their own identity, just like Porsche. To make ever more strange design with a lot of wings and aero parts is creating one bland car after another. And Ferrari was forced to go turbo by unfair competition. While Ferrari made worlds best NA engine with highest hp/L output than any sports car, all the competition did was add ever bigger turbos to beat Ferrari. So emissions was not the biggest reason. You want to blame someone for the amazing NA engines disappearing, blame the lazy and unfair competition. You know who.

Really? so why has the LaFerrari come out third in every comparison test of the holy trinity with McLaren FIRST and Porsche second. Plus How is the competition unfair because they bought a turbocharging in to the V8 supercar game? Its called moving with the times and the reason Ferrari made their own was because Porsche, McLaren, Audi and everyone else where more forward thinking.

Let's face it, without monty Ferrari have gone backwards. The F1 team (even with Mercedes help) is struggling and every week getting bashed in the Italian media. Its a matter of time before Arrivabene is left hung out to dry.

4 August 2015
275not599 wrote:

Ferrari, whose cars, I'm sure, also benefit from CAD, has followed McLaren by using turbos in this sector of the market.

I must admit, I never thought I would see the day when somebody claimed that Ferrari were "following" McLaren. It's a bit like claiming the James Bond franchise has been ripping off the Bourne films.

9 September 2016
Norma Smellons wrote:

I must admit, I never thought I would see the day when somebody claimed that Ferrari were "following" McLaren. It's a bit like claiming the James Bond franchise has been ripping off the Bourne films.

I think that's an interesting parallel.

Ferrari were using turbos in road cars before McLaren. But the recent reappearance of turbos may well be in response to both emissions legislation and threats from other manufacturers, McLaren included.

Similarly there were Bond films before the Bourne ones, but compare Die Another Day with Casino Royale and tell me that the latter wasn't influenced by the Bourne films...

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