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Here’s your first look at McLaren’s new hybrid supercar

The Sports Series is about to die. Here’s the hybrid V6 that’ll replace it

Published: 06 Oct 2020
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Not just another McLaren supercar, but a harbinger of change. This is your first look at McLaren’s upcoming ‘high-performance hybrid’ that’ll be shod of its camouflage and fully revealed next year.

What it also does is signal the end of McLaren’s ‘Sports Series’ range; indeed, the 620R will be the last car from that tier built before it’s wound down at the end of 2020.

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This car will slot in between the McLaren GT and 720S, and sit on an entirely new carbon fibre structure that will exploit “the company’s advantage in super-lightweight engineering”.

Built at McLaren’s £50m Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield, this new base will underpin the next generation of the company’s hybrid supercars. The first one – this one – will get a brand new V6 petrol engine nestled inside, claimed to deliver “astonishing levels of performance and a uniquely intense driver experience”.

Being a hybrid, it’ll be able to drive ‘medium-range’ on electric power alone, and McLaren boss Mike Flewitt reckons “light-weighting and high-performance hybrid technology go hand in hand to achieve better performance as well as more efficient vehicles”.

You’ll see this V6-engined advocate of McLaren’s new philosophy in the first half of 2021.

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