As expected, it borrows design cues from the 720S and GT.
Last month, McLaren gave us a sneak preview of its new hybrid Sports Series supercar that will replace the 570S and 600LT. While we've already seen camouflaged prototypes in official teasers and spy shots, these new patent design images give us a clearer look at the final production design.
Submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organization in China, the patented designs confirm our suspicions that the new hybrid supercar, currently known as the High-Performance Hybrid, will borrow design cues from the McLaren 720S and McLaren GT. The headlight design evokes the 720S, while the taillights are reminiscent of the GT.
This is no coincidence, as McLaren has confirmed the new hybrid supercar will slot in between the GT and the 720S. At the same time, the styling also appears to be an evolution of the 570S, incorporating a similar-looking pair of flying buttresses. Elsewhere, the patented design features large air intakes on the front bumper, a prominent rear diffuser, a mesh grille on the rear fascia, a vented engine cover, and a central dual exhaust system.
Whereas the 570S is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine, the High-Performance Hybrid will be the first ever V6-powered McLaren. Unlike the P1, which had a recuperative hybrid system, McLaren's first hybrid Sports Series will be a plug-in hybrid.
Performance specifications are still being kept under wraps, but adding electrical assistance should make the HPH more powerful than the 570S, which has 562 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Since it will be positioned below the 720S, we're expecting the new hybrid Sports Series to have around 600 hp on tap. It's also expected to offer a fully electric driving range of around 20 miles.
Riding on the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture, McLaren's new hybrid supercar will debut in the first half of 2021.