It's coming next year.
It's been five years since the McLaren 570S entered the market, which is an eternity in supercar years. Cars progress quickly in this segment, and it is time for McLaren's Sports Series to evolve. The British carmaker has just announced that its next-generation High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar will debut in the first half of 2021. Unlike all of its predecessors, which use a twin-turbo V8, this new car will feature an all-new V6 with a hybrid drivetrain and electric motors. McLaren even says the car can drive on electric power alone.
This new supercar will ride on the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which enables lightweight hybridization. McLaren didn't announce an official name but mentions that the Sports Series will end production this year with the limited-run 620R completing production. It appears like this new model will replace the 570S and 600LT because McLaren specifically says it will sit between the GT and the 720S in the lineup.
The HPH just finished its final development and test programs, including driving on public roads. We may have caught the car testing earlier in its development process, still wearing the body from a 720S to fool us. The car shown in the teasers above bears some resemblance to the 720S but has elements from the GT and 570S as well. This is the first McLaren to use the new MCLA platform, but keeping with the company's plan to electrify every model by 2023/2024, it won't be the last.
We don't know much about the car's new V6 engine, but McLaren says it provides "astonishing levels of performance and a uniquely intense driver experience." The hybrid powertrain also provides "medium-range EV-only drive capability," so you should be able to drive at least a few miles without firing up the combustion engine.
"This all-new McLaren supercar is the distillation of everything we have done to date; all that we have learned and achieved," said Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren Automotive. "This is a new kind of McLaren for a new era, an extraordinary drivers' car that offers blistering performance as well as an all-electric range capable of covering most urban journeys. We see this new McLaren as a true 'next generation' supercar and cannot wait to show it to customers."