McLaren confirms 650S successor coming to Geneva 2017 with brand new chassis and F1-style butterfly doors.
Official confirmation that the 650S successor will make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show this March has finally arrived. Codenamed P14, early reports suggest it will be unveiled as the 720S with over 700 hp on tap and will represent the first of 15 new cars as part of the carmaker’s Track22 Business Plan that was announced in Geneva 2016. The new McLaren will also be the first of the second-generation Super Series – the first time McLaren Automotive has replaced a product family since its inception in 2011.
“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.” With the announcement comes a solitary image of the new Monocage II, “a new ultra-lightweight, immensely rigid carbon-fiber central structure” that helps the new supercar to tip the scales at just 1,283 kg – 18 kg lighter than the 650S it replaces.
The image reveals the ‘720S’ will feature diehedral doors extending into the roof like the original McLaren F1, with a lower sill and wider cabin entrance for improved access. The new chassis also boasts a lower center of gravity that sharpens the dynamic performance. Recent spy shots of the P14 revealed styling will incorporate evolved design elements from the 570S, with new bumpers and headlight graphics. A totally overhauled cabin will also feature more intuitive controls, better visibility all round and a dashboard that can lower away when hitting the track. Power is rumored to come from a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, hybrid versions of which will be rolled out in subsequent 720S variants, the first of which will be a folding-hard top Spider that’s expected in 2018.