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McLaren’s New Speedster Hypercar Looks Sensational

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Only 399 will be built.

McLaren will be showing off a new bespoke version of the GT supercar designed by MSO to the public at Pebble Beach this week – but this isn't the only new McLaren model that will be shown at the event. Behind closed doors, McLaren will be previewing its next Ultimate Series hypercar during a customer briefing hosted by the company's CEO, Mike Flewitt. Unfortunately, it doesn't like it will be shown to the public, but McLaren has released a teaser of its new hypercar previewing its striking design for us to salivate over.

The announcement confirms recent rumors that McLaren's next Ultimate Series hypercar will be a limited-edition Speedster in the same vein as the Ferrari SP1 and SP2, which will sit between the track-focused Senna and the Speedtail, boasting classic roadster proportions, a low-slung hood, elegant sweeping lines, and dihedral doors. In short, the new McLaren Speedster looks sensational, and we've only seen the silhouette so far.

While McLaren's new Speedster is designed primarily for road use, McLaren says the car's carbon fiber construction will make it the lightest car it has ever produced. Powering the Speedster will be a version of the twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in the McLaren Senna. In the Senna, the V8 unit produces 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque resulting in a 0-62 mph time of 2.8 seconds, so the Speedster should deliver similar performance.

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"At McLaren Automotive we are consistently pushing the boundaries to deliver the purest and most engaging driving experience whether for the road or track," said CEO Mike Flewitt. "Our two current Ultimate Series cars, the Senna and Speedtail, offer unique and distinct driving experiences. Now this new addition to the Ultimate Series, an open-cockpit roadster, will take road-focused driving pleasure to new levels."

McLaren's new Ultimate Series model will arrive in late 2020 and is likely to be priced between the Senna ($958,966) and Speedtail ($2.3 million) models according to McLaren.

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