Take it all in, supercar fans. This is your true first look at McLaren’s next supercar, which it calls a “high-performance hybrid,” and it effectively replaces the Sports Series range of cars. While we’ll say goodbye to the 540C, car.and range, McLaren has us hyped for the future with this
While the car’s design remains covered in camouflage, McLaren was forthcoming about what will power the vehicle. The new heart is an electrified V6 engine, likely with some forced induction attached, and it will feature a purely electric driving mode. How far the electrification from the hybrid system will go, we don’t know. But, if it can harvest or deploy enough energy to power the car purely on electricity for a period of time, don’t expect a simple mild-hybrid system. At any rate, McLaren said the powertrain will deploy “astonishing levels of performance.” We dig it.
The new supercar isn’t just about aV6 engine, though. McLaren also showed off the car’s back in August that will underpin other hybrids to come. The platform will also allow the British automaker to transition to totally electric supercars when the time is right. Most importantly, the architecture cuts a lot of fat from the car, which McLaren will need if it wants to pack batteries and hybrid systems into a supercar. Hybrids aren’t exactly dainty things.
We’ll almost certainly learn more about the new supercar as we approach its debut in early 2021. Maybe it can help kick off 2021 far better than we rang in the year 2020.