• Sep 2, 2010
McLaren MP4-12C – Click above for high-res image gallery

When we sat down with Antony Sheriff in Pebble Beach, we bombarded McLaren's managing director with a raft of questions about the MP4-12C. Properly geeked on the Ferrari 458-fighter, we asked what else McLaren had planned in its quest to become a sort of full-line sports car purveyor.

Naturally, Sheriff remained mum, but we know based on earlier reports that three core models are in the works, with the MP4-12C out first, followed by either a F1 supercar successor or a Porsche 911 competitor.

Now word comes that McLaren is planning to release one new product each year for the next five years, and it's likely to be a mix of MP4-12C variants and all-new models. It's safe to assume that wealthy privateers are champing at the bit for a club-racing version of the 12C and that would mean a dedicated racer (can you say long-tail?) couldn't be too far off.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      McLaren... you do so well not diluting your brand with other models... please be very careful when considering what other models and segments you plan to compete in.

      But I am curious to see what they come up with
      • 4 Years Ago
      So this is their 5 Year Plan?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Giggity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A successor to the F1 would be thrilling - if any almighty engineering challenge!
      A 911 fighter, hmm, that might be even tougher, 4 seats, McLaren engineering and under $100k - that's a really tough assignment!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was Pebble Beach concours and spoke with one of the McLaren engineers. He said that they are planning to introduce a sub MP4-12C model which he said would be "a Porsche GT3 competitor" (his exact words) which makes a lot more sense than a base 911 competitor.

      Of note, he also told me that it only takes them 4 hours to make one of their carbon fiber tub chassis and the cost has dropped so low that all McLaren models will have a CF chassis. Anyone excited for their GT3 competitor now?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Then that would be variants, not models. You know, Like how Ferrari has the 458, 599, 612 etc?

      I wouldn't consider the Scuderia a different model than the 430.

      So Mclaren, it's the MP4-12, F1 successor and what else?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @m: the 2003-2007 viper srt-10s had "viper" on the front brake side intakes.

        Or do you mean the dodge ram srt-10? By Ferrex's reasoning, it's a viper .. and lo, the engine heads and the front hood scoop both say viper. So a viper it must be!
        • 4 Years Ago
        OK, I re-read Ferrex's comment. Though my entire point was that what's a different model and what isn't is never very clear, he has taken it too far. To say that a Civic SI is not a Civic is ludicrous. If it has Civic in the title, it's a Civic. I think Honda made their intention pretty clear by printing "Civic" on the back of the car.

        I can much more easily see an argument that the original SRT-4 was not a Neon, because it didn't say "Neon" anywhere on the car. Or you could argue that the SRT-10 for a while in there was not a Viper, because I believe they took "Viper" off of the car. But the "Civic SI" not a Civic? Get real man...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whatever helps you sleep better at night ricer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i disagree If a car has a different engine then it is a different model. I drive a Civic Si NOT a Civic.

        But as far as civic EX, LX, DX its the same with different options.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Make it a 911 competitor. As much fun as the $250,000 supercars are, when is the last time anyone has actually seen one, driving, on the road. If they want to actually sell cars, meaning more than a few hundred, they need something under $100,000.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I cannot wait to see McLaren become a mainstream supercar manufacturer i can already be certain id prefer every car they make to its competitors without even having seen them yet!
      • 4 Years Ago
      1 model each year.. nice.. lookng 4ward for mclaren hothatch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting to see how long it would take them to become a "full line" sports car manufacturer. In the same vein as Ferrari. This I would perceive to be a world-beater (like the old F1), a volume super-car (the MP4), a GT (like the 599) and (hopefully) and "entry-level" car (like what the 360 was) that could compete with the 911.

      That said I wonder if Ferrari has beefed up the 458 so much that it has crept (or lept) into another segment. I would no longer compare that car to a 911 and this is an area I think Ferrari should keep some product moving. A car that competes with a 911 or Aston would not be the "Dino" successor, it would still be a proper Ferrari. I would see a "Dino" comparing to the Cayman and I don't see that happening. I doubt Ferrari even has the dealer network to handle things if a car like that took off. Better off leaving that niche to other brands.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ferrari = Fiat.

        But trust me, i cant see them going with a 911 competitor. As much as im sure we'd love them too, Ferrari is pretty much the most prestigious name in the car world and they would not want to dilute that.

        I may be eating my words here, but i can't see a Ferrari SUV in the foreseeable future.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm starting to like MP4 more and more.
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