McLaren’s Ultimate Series to Add a Roadster in 2020

Published on August 16, 2019 in New Models by Guillaume Rivard

If you’re not too familiar with McLaren cars, the first thing you have to know is that they’re split into three different groups—four if you consider the new GT, which is in a class of its own.

There’s the entry-level Sport Series that includes six models ranging from the 540C coupe to the 600LT Spider cabriolet. Then you have the Super Series consisting of the 720S and 720S Spider. But the cream of the crop is unquestionably the Ultimate Series, represented by the Senna and Speedtail.

Late next year, McLaren will add a third member to its most prestigious family. While the car doesn’t have a name yet, we already know it will be a two-seat roadster designed more for the road than the track.

In fact, the company revealed a design rendering of its future star while participating in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California to gauge customer interest.

Photo: McLaren Automotive

Strictly limited to just 399 examples, the new model will differ from the Senna’s focus on being the ultimate road-legal track car and the Speedtail’s high-speed aerodynamic efficiency by “offering the purest distillation of road-focused driving pleasure and an unrivalled sense of driver connection with the surrounding environment.”

Styling will be defined by classic roadster proportions, elegant sweeping lines and low-profile dihedral doors. An advanced carbon fibre construction will make it the lightest car ever produced by McLaren and a version of the twin-turbocharged V8 engine currently employed in the Senna will ensure exceptional performance.

“At McLaren Automotive we are consistently pushing the boundaries to deliver the purest and most engaging driving experience whether for the road or track,” said company CEO Mike Flewitt. “Our two current Ultimate Series cars, the Senna and Speedtail, offer unique and distinct driving experiences. Now this new addition to the Ultimate Series, an open-cockpit roadster, will take road-focused driving pleasure to new levels.”

The new Ultimate Series model is likely to be priced between the McLaren Senna and Speedtail. Keep following us for more details.

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