McLaren’s 650S replacement, known internally as P14, is set to make its debut next year, most likely at the Geneva motor show in March. It will be the first new model in a £1 billion, 15-car roll-out that was announced in Geneva this year and is due to be completed by 2022.
McLaren online forums have been full of speculation that the P14’s eventual title will start with a '7', indicating at least 700bhp, but a McLaren spokesman has said this is unlikely.
McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt confirmed in Geneva that the P14 will use a development of the firm’s existing twin-turbo V8. He also said the P14 will be based on a variation of the current MonoCell carbonfibre tub, probably incorporating many of the changes made to improve accessibility in the Sports Series.
However, the new model will also be different from the 650S because it has been given aggressive performance targets intended to create clear space between it and the Sports Series cars, such as the 570S.
Flewitt said: “It’s about being smart with the component set, developing what you need to give unique character and definition to a vehicle, but equally being as investment-efficient and engineering-efficient as you can.”
Also expected are radical active aerodynamics, which have been designed into the car from first principles.
McLaren design director Frank Stephenson said: “It’s not about us creating something beautiful and then throwing it at the engineers and saying ‘build it’ and them saying ‘we can’t’. We’ve worked together at every step of the process. I can’t tell you how integrated we are. It’s like no other car company.”