McLaren is Teasing Its 650S Successor From the Inside Out

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

McLaren will roll into the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the second generation of its Super Series lineup and the brand has revealed the platform that will underpin the cars.

The Super Series is made up of the 650S Coupe and Spider along with the 675LT Coupe and 675LT Spider. Super Series sits in the middle of a three tier product range which starts with the Sports Series and is topped by the Ultimate Series.

While there is still plenty of details to come, McLaren has given up specs on the new lightweight carbon fiber monocoque that will serve as the basis for the entire new Super Series lineup. Dry weight for the new monocoque comes in at 2828 lbs (1,283kg), about 40 lbs lighter than the current Super Series monocoque.

SEE ALSO: The McLaren 650S Replacement Now has a Name

Besides stripping weight, McLaren has made the cabin entrance wider and the door sill lower to help with ingress and egress. Visibility is said to be better thanks to changes which also bring along a lower center of gravity. Customers will also be able to show off the carbon fiber construction of their cars by going for the “Visible Monocage” option which will leave exposed carbon fiber on the inside of the A-pillar.

Rumor has it that the 650S replacement will be called the 720S, suggesting that the car will make 720 horsepower. A new engine is also said to be in the works, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 hooked to some type of hybrid system.

“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.

All of the details on the new Super Series will be revealed in March.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

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