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Could The McLaren Sports Series Be The Mid-Engined Wonder The Porsche 911 Turbo Never Was?

That's the price of sticking with a butt-engined setup.

It’s now been confirmed that McLaren will reveal its all-new Sports Series at the New York Auto Show in April. It could end up being the mid-engined supercar the Porsche 911 Turbo was never allowed to become. Blame purists for pressuring Porsche all these years for keeping its signature model butt-engined. Perhaps that’s why a Cayman GT4 is in the works, but it’s still no mid-engined 911 Turbo substitute. In fact, McLaren is also aiming squarely at the Mercedes-AMG GT and, to a lesser extent, the BMW i8.

Although the Sports Series’ output remains undisclosed, we do know it’ll be equipped with a detuned version of McLaren’s all-too familiar twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8. Expect well over 500 hp. The 911 Turbo, in its top S trim, spits out 552 hp. McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt made clear the Sports Series "will have a higher power-to-weight ratio and better performance figures than any rival." He might as well have called it a 911 Turbo beater. Mid-engined. 500+ horsepower. Carbon fiber monocoque and countless other lightweight components, and just two seats. The car 911 Turbo could have potentially become will be a McLaren.

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