McLaren says that more than half the 15 all-new cars or derivatives to be launched by 2022 in line with the Track22 plan will feature some form of hybrid power assist system. While the new Super Series architecture will have been designed to take that into account, a hybrid version is thought to be a way off yet.
Which leaves the V8, familiar from all other McLarens in different states of tune but always in 3.8-litre capacity. Whether that comes down for the new model, in line with the current downsizing vogue, remains to be seen. How much power a development of the V8 will give the new Super Series – and thus what the new model will be badged – is so far unknown. The high 600s – the McLaren 690S?– is our guess. That would beat the Ferrari and provide a 120PS buffer to the 570S – already a blindingly fast car.
So far so little that’s revolutionary. But McLaren Automotive boss Mike Flewitt is in no doubt: “Super Series is the core of the McLaren business and the new Super Series will be absolutely true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment.”
In keeping with the nature of a pre-show teaser, McLaren is giving nothing away at this stage about the new car’s design. However the car’s shape – plus the aero package, the way the doors open, the headlight graphics, the style of air intakes – are all thought to be in for a major shake-up.