Currently referred to in-house as ‘P13’, our friends at McLaren tell us the Sports Series will encompass a variety of derivatives – they won’t confirm exactly what that means yet, but we reckon it has to be (at least) coupé, spider and motorsport/track-focused versions, each of which will be given a specific model name within the Sports Series family.
The Sports Series cars will feature a carbon chassis tub and mid-mounted 3.8 V8s related closely to those in the 650S, but with starting prices expected to be in the region of £125k the new junior McLarens seem sure to engage buyers currently contemplating established German rivals.
Interestingly, the adoption of a range name for the newcomer suggests a similar approach will be adopted for the 650S family. So when McLaren repositions its 650 models under a new Supersports Series family – you heard the move speculated-upon at GRR first!
N.B. McLaren reckons the Sports Series cars will be unveiled in Quarter 2 next year – which means we’ll be very disappointed not to see it at the Festival of Speed…