13:00 GMT, 4 January 2017
McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE ANNOUNCES SECOND-GENERATION
SUPER SERIES, THE NEW CORE OF THE McLAREN BRAND
New McLaren supercar will debut on March 7 at the 87th Geneva International
Second generation of the Super Series is McLaren Automotive’s first-ever
replacement of a product family and the first of the 15 new cars defined in the
company’s Track22 Business Plan
New carbon fibre Monocage II body structure delivers extreme strength and
contributes to the car’s light weight
A new era will begin for McLaren Automotive this March with the launch of the second
generation of its Super Series at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. The first of
the 15 new cars cited in the company’s Track22 Business Plan, the second-generation
Super Series is also the first replacement of a product family by the British manufacturer
of luxury sports and supercars.
“Super Series is the core of the McLaren business and personifies the blend of extreme
performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren
heartland,” explained McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt. “This is the first time we
have replaced a product family 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.”
The new Super Series is created around an ultra-lightweight, carbon fibre central
structure. Immensely rigid, yet weighing less than the carbon fibre and metal cockpit
architecture of the first-generation Super Series, the Monocage II contributes to a
lightest dry weight of just 1,283kg for the new car – lower than the closest competitor
and 18kg lighter than a McLaren 650S with comparable specification.
The development of Monocage II has allowed McLaren to incorporate a wider cabin
entrance and lower sill to improve access into a driver environment that will offer
excellent all-round visibility. The new chassis structure also enables a lower centre of
gravity, further sharpening the dynamic performance of the new Super Series. Owners
wishing to showcase the carbon-fibre construction chassis can specify a ‘Visible
Monocage’ option that exposes the material on the inside area of the A-pillar.
The Super Series lineage began in 2011 with the launch of the groundbreaking 12C.
The 12C Spider followed in 2012 and in 2014 McLaren introduced the 650S Coupé and
650S Spider. The first generation of the McLaren Super Series was further expanded in
2015 with the launch of the limited edition 675LT Coupé and 675LT Spider.
Full details of the new, second-generation Super Series will be confirmed in March,
when further images and pric