Take a look at the newest spy photos of the prototype for the new Mclaren cars meant to take a place in the automaker’s entry-level Sports Series.
Sure, much like the Super Series and Ultimate Series it will sit under, the Sports Series is going to be a selection of cars where many members are recognized by their performance and styling characteristics.
The first member is expected to be badged as “570S”, implying it’s going to carry 570 metric horsepower or around 562 American horses.
Here the 570S may sit a softer, more practical version (imagine extra storage space) created for grand touring. And on top it should sit a LT variant created for the track, and yet still useful on the street.
When it comes to styling, McLaren had earlier informed us that the Sports Series will look something like a cross between the original 12C and the P1 flagship. These newest spy images, in addition of some previous teasers, expose lots of the elements of the design.
The new images also show what’s expected to be a convertible 2016 McLaren Sports Series member. If you take a look more closely, one of the prototypes does not come with a rear window, which means a retractable hardtop roof is probably hidden below.
The basis of the 2016 McLaren Sports Series is going to be the equivalent carbon fiber monocoque framework found in McLaren’s other cars. Borrowed from them as well will be the familiar Ricardo-built 3.8-liter V-8 engine and Graziano-sourced seven-speed SSG dual-clutch transmission.
The 2016 McLaren Sports Series is created in order to challenge cars like the Aston Martin Vantage, Ferrari California T and high-end models of the Porsche 911… So, it is possible we are going to see prices drop under $200k.
This is pretty good considering we are speaking about a mid-engined, carbon fiber exotic here.
We are going to have all the information soon, as the Sports Series will reach its official world introduce during the 2015 New York Auto Show on April 1.