By Stewart Smith on 2017-01-04 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
New Super Series
flyer from McLaren
SUPERCAR maker McLaren Automotive is to showcase its second-generation Super Series luxury flying machine at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
It will be the first of the fifteen new cars cited in the company's Track22 Business Plan for all-new models which will be produced at its Woking plant in Surrey by 2022.
The present Super Series 675LT is powered by a V8 3.2-litre 666bhp engine which powers it to a top speed of 202mph and costs £259,000.
McLaren say the new Super Series is created around an ultra-lightweight, carbon fibre central structure which is immensely rigid, yet weighing less than the carbon fibre and metal cockpit architecture of the first-generation Super Series.
Called the Monocage II, it contributes to a lightest dry weight of just 1,283kg for the new car - lower than the closest competitor and 18kg lighter than a McLaren 650S with comparable specification.
The development of Monocage II has allowed McLaren to incorporate a wider cabin entrance and lower sill to improve access into a driver environment that will offer excellent all-round visibility.
The new chassis structure also enables a lower centre of gravity, further sharpening the dynamic performance of the new Super Series.
McLaren Automotive cheif executive, Mike Flewitt, said: "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.
"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."
The Super Series lineage began in 2011 with the launch of the ground-breaking 12C. The 12C Spider followed in 2012 and in 2014 McLaren introduced the 650S Coupe and 650S Spider.
The first generation of the McLaren Super Series was further expanded in 2015 with the launch of the limited edition 675LT Coupe and 675LT Spider.
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