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From Autocar

McLaren has announced a new 'Sports Series' range, which will consist of sub-650S models that will rival the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and Ferrari California T.

The range, which is due to be revealed in the second quarter of 2015, will most likely consist of coupé, Spider and track-focused versions of what had previously been known as the McLaren P13.

McLaren reveals more details of its Porsche 911 rival

Each variant of the upcoming Sports Series will get its own bespoke name. Given McLaren's more recent naming conventions, for example the 650S and the later Asian market 625C, it's likely that the new Sports Series range will adopt a similar naming strategy.

A McLaren official told Autocar that no model names had been confirmed for the new cars yet, however. McLaren has, in recent history, registered the names Mergulho, Masta and Parabolica – all famous motorsports corners – but these are understood to have been for another commercial purpose.

The company has also registered Longtail, a reference to the 1997 F1 GTR which is often referred to by the same name, but this was most likely acquired to protect the company's intellectual property.

Pricing is expected to start at around £125,000 for the new Sports Series McLarens, which have been pitched as "pure driver's cars", and the company aims to build around 4000 in total each year.

Sub-650S McLaren P13 - new details

Production versions of the mid-engined P13 will use a modified version of the 650S' carbonfibre composite chassis. They're also expected to use a derivative of the company's Ricardo-built twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8, much like the other cars in the manufacturer's range.

The entry-level Sports Series model is believed to be capable of 0-62mph in around 4.0sec – about 1.0sec slower than the current 650S – and will achieve a top speed of around 185mph.

Company boss Mike Flewitt said: “The P13 will be a very engaging car to drive. It will be fun but safe.” He also told Autocar that the Sports Series will be more practical, thanks to changes to the sills of the tub which will improve access.

The Sport Series' launch campaign, dubbed 'Black Swan Moments', will cover 13 chapters of game-changing events, comprising notable occurrences in world – and the company's – history.

In 2017 it is expected that the McLaren range will be extended further with the P15, a supercar costing upwards of £300,000.
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I won't for a second think McLarens' cars are anything but an automotive marvel.  But does anyone else share my view that they just seem boring?

I know I have not driven one, but something about their cars just makes me not care. Perhaps it's that they're turbocharged when their rivals are not, or perhaps that after the f1 anything else is just boring.

Am I alone here or do others just find McLaren as a brand (not their top notch engineering or their actual product quality and capability) a bit of a yawn? compared to what other manufacturers offer?



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I won't for a second think McLarens' cars are anything but an automotive marvel.  But does anyone else share my view that they just seem boring?

I know I have not driven one, but something about their cars just makes me not care. Perhaps it's that they're turbocharged when their rivals are not, or perhaps that after the f1 anything else is just boring.

Am I alone here or do others just find McLaren as a brand (not their top notch engineering or their actual product quality and capability) a bit of a yawn? compared to what other manufacturers offer?

I don't find them boring (I haven't driven one either), and in the near future, the others will be turbocharged too.

I love my car. Buy your own



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I don't find them boring (I haven't driven one either), and in the near future, the others will be turbocharged too.

Yes, yet another nail in the coffin of what makes cars awesome.  I actually think turbocharging is great, it just doesn't suit some types of cars.  My gt3 was so much better than my turbo.



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I went for a ride in MHH's previous 12C Spyder.
If that is the future of the supercar I don't have a problem with it.
It was f-ing epic.
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I went for a ride in MHH's previous 12C Spyder.
If that is the future of the supercar I don't have a problem with it.
It was f-ing epic.

Im sure they're great, but how about compared to the 458 or gt3?



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I'm hoping to find out...hint hint Mark!  ;) :D :thumbsup:
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A purple P1 is anything but boring.  :faint:
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A purple P1 is anything but boring.  :faint:

I would still personally select a 918 or LaF over the P1.  But none are as awesome as the F1



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A purple P1 is anything but boring.  :faint:
+ infinity.

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