Would you like to see a 2+2 McLaren supercar to rival the Porsche Panamera?
If you thought Aston Martin’s plan to release seven new cars in the next seven years was ambitious, McLaren is planning to release double that within the next five years. Rest assured, unlike Aston Martin McLaren won’t be succumbing to the SUV market, but we'll likely see variants of the 720S Super Series as well as the upcoming BP23 Hyper-GT Ultimate Series expand its line-up, the latter adopting a three-seat setup with a central driving position similar to the F1. A four-seater McLaren supercar is also being considered according to Auto Express.
It's something we would continue to look at, and as much as you'd get me to stand on stage and swear we'd never build an SUV, I wouldn’t take that position on a 2+2", Flewitt told Auto Express. "I can see four seats, but not four doors," he added, ruling out the possibility of a McLaren sedan. “We’d look at it, see if it’s what the market wants and see if it would still have the driving attributes that you’d want from our cars – you would have to use a slightly longer wheelbase so you would lose a little of the agility that’s there. But if what you got back was more attractive than what else is in that segment then maybe, yes.”
McLaren has said in the past that it won’t be expanding its current three tiers beyond the current Sports, Super and Ultimate Series, but Flewitt couldn’t clarify where a four-seater McLaren would slot in, suggesting that it “could be either the Sports Series or Ultimate Series.” A four-seater sports car would allow McLaren to compete against the Porsche Panamera and Ferrari GTC4Lusso to spawn a new holy trinity of grand-tourers. This isn’t the first time McLaren has mused about making a four-seater sports car. In a previous interview, McLaren’s Design Director Frank Stephenson hinted at the possibility of a 2+2 coupe with a shooting brake.