McLaren is getting ready to unveil the latest addition to its Ultimate Series family with the launch of a driver-focused speedster.
A single teaser image that was recently released shows that it will combine some characteristic McLaren design elements, but overall it is quite different from the rest of the range, in no small part due to the fact that it lacks any kind of fixed or removable roof.
In years gone by, developing a roofless vehicle came with compromises over hardtops but that doesn’t appear to be the case with the Speedster. Speaking with Motoring at the Australian launch of the McLaren GT, the company’s global marketing director Jamie Corstorphine said the new hypercar will be all about providing the best possible driving thrills.
“We’re developing the next chapter in our Ultimate Series story and we want to produce a car that’s focused on the thrills of driving and with that an open experience. That’s important,” Corstorphine said, adding that the car will offer McLaren’s “purest driving experience yet.”
There has been some talk about the forthcoming McLaren being the lightest production car the British company has ever created. If true, that means it will weigh less than the 2,566 lbs (1,164 kg) McLaren F1, which will indeed be quite an accomplishment. Corstorphine declined to comment on these reports, simply stating that “we’re still working on development of that car and it’s too early to comment on technical specification.”
Powering the roadaster will be a tweaked version of the twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 also used by the Senna.