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McLaren dealer in Beverly Hills reveals new model ahead of planned launch; 15 of the highly bespoke cars will be produced
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23 December 2020

McLaren's latest creation is the Sabre, a highly-limited bespoke model that will only be sold to 15 pre-allocated customers in the US. 

The Sabre, revealed by the Woking brand's Beverly Hills dealership rather by than the manufacturer itself, is created by McLaren's Special Operations divison. It's said to be capable of 218mph flat-out, making it the fastest two-seat model the brand has yet produced. 

Although many technical details of the Sabre are yet to be provided, we know it puts out 824bhp from (we expect) a highly-tuned version of McLaren's venerable 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. That figure is 35bhp more than the Senna, with an identical torque figure of 590lb ft. 

It's assumed to be based on a Senna underneath, with extensive body modifications enabled by relatively lax homologation requirements in the US. The Sabre's aero package is said to reach "new limits" via an LMP1-style fin running down the centre of the roof, giant rear diffuser and distinctive three-slat wing. 

It is alleged that customers had a hand in setting up the cars dynamics to suit their requirements during prototype track testing earlier this year. The first example has been delivered at an undisclosed price estimated to be well into seven figures, with the other 14 examples due to find homes in the coming weeks. 

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jason_recliner 24 December 2020
600ish kilowatts with that chassis and those looks? Outstanding! But I'd go a different paint scheme, the nose sort of gets lost in white.
Timboo 24 December 2020

Would you really want to buy a car with seats look so sad and/or grumpy...

russ13b 24 December 2020

I, for one, don't see what's "bad" or reputation harming about it. I don't want one, but that's not the point. There aren't many manufacturers who can do what's been done here, certainly not many who would try, and being the place to go to for things like this could work out quite nicely for them. 

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