McLaren confirms the Super Series will start its update with a replacement for the 650S – codenamed P14 – as McLaren report 2016 sales have doubled.
But despite the long odds, McLaren is thriving and growing, with the original modern McLaren – the MP4 12C which facelifted in to the 650S – heading for renewal and a debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and sales for 2016 all but doubling on the previous year.
The new Super Series car will come with a new Monocoque – Monocage II (pictured below) – which has a T-Bar on the roof allowing the new McLaren to have a set of extended dihedral doors – just like the McLaren F1.
The new P14 will weigh a bit less, 18kg, than the current 650S, be more rigid and have a lower centre of gravity, all promising an even more dynamic McLaren.
Under the skin will sit an updated version of the V8, which is expected to grow in capacity and power to deliver 700 metric horses in what is expected to be the McLaren 700S when it gets unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The news that McLaren is now, for the first time, replacing a current model comes as the Woking-based company reveals its sales in 2016 were up by a whopping 99.3 per cent in 2016.
The big markets for McLaren remain North America (1,139 sales) and Europe (996 sales) and, unsurprisingly, it was McLaren’s entry-level 570S which took the gong for best selling model.