• Oct 29th 2008 at 10:28AM
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McLaren has several fingers in a handful of pies, and with its tenure with Mercedes-Benz coming to an end, it has more time to focus on expanding its range to compete with the big boys from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche.

According to CAR, three new models are being developed, spanning the range from a modern-day F1 to a $96,000 (£60,000) "entry-level" halo sports car that takes aim at the Porsche 911. The new coupe will utilize McLaren's extensive fabrication and materials experience, but at a sub-$100k price point, don't expect construction methods akin to its greatest hits. Power could be provided by a M-B mill, but McLaren isn't ruling out the development of its own engine.

Filling the rest of the range will be the P11 supercar, reportedly using a 600-hp, AMG-sourced 6.2-liter V8, and a yet-to-be-named vehicle that will slot in below its range-topper and 911-fighter. The recent appointment of Frank Stephenson – the man who brought us the MINI and Fiat 500 – as design director, partnered with McLaren's legendary chassis development means good things are on the way. Here's hoping some of it finds its way to U.S. shores.

[Source: CAR]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see the $96k car. I never thought I'd be able to own a McLaren. At that price, well, just maybe...
      • 6 Years Ago
      When is McLaren not planning some new road car? Every six months or more we hear about McLaren's supercar plans and their relationship or lack thereof with M-B. Hurry it up already.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's a great shot. Looks beautiful in white.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally Bruce McLaren dreams will be realised... This is an emotional moment for me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about a GT-R fighter? :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its amazing how fresh the F1 looks after all this time, its a case of function following form. I imagine it will continue to look good even as cars such as the Enzo, Zonda and Veyron start to show their age, nice as they are, they lack that timeless quality. As for updating the materials, its hard to imagine how to improve on a 100% carbon body and chassis, this car was so far ahead of its time. Its still one of the fastest cars in existence, and suprisingly practical, good visibility, cargo space, 3 seats! And I'm pretty sure it could destroy a veryron round most tracks, despite a 400bhp disadvantage, it still has a better power to weight ratio. Still the ultimate supercar IMHO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring back the F1, nearly as it was... update the materials and bonding to the latest technology, leave the looks, dimensions, configurations.

      The original F1 was the pinnacle of automotive design and mechanical brilliance. Clearly the most pure supercar ever built.

      Update the technology, leave the form intact.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The F1 is truely timeless. It still looks great and performs better than 98% of supercars today. I bet they could make another 99 at $750,000 each and they would all sell.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They can't because Murray is working on other projects and Murray is the reason the F1 is what it is, not McLaren. A supercar without Murray will NOT have the focus or resolve of the F1.

        I'm with you, don't bring back the F1. Do bring back another Murray/McLaren collaboration - though it'll never happen, Murray already built the ultimate supercar, why do it again? (uber rhetorical as Murray’s already addressed the issue a million times).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Without any doubt at all!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not a real McLaren without a BMW M Motor.
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