Spy shots

Next generation McLaren Sports Series supercar spied testing

New 570S and its Sports Series siblings are due for replacement in 2020 with a hybrid powertrain

McLaren has been out testing its incoming replacement of it entry-level Sports Series models - the 540C and 570S. The new range will be revealed later this year, and feature an all-new exterior and interior design language and, for the first time since McLaren Automotive’s formation in 2012, its first series production hybrid powertrain.

Despite the familiar 570S bodywork fitted to the prototypes that have been caught testing, McLaren’s adoption of hybrid technology is part of its Track 25 strategy, which will result in 18 new McLarens, all of which to be offered with hybrid powertrains, arriving before 2025.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

This new range of Sports Series McLaren road car are also expected to be the first fitted with a new engine developed by McLaren’s long standing engine manufacturer, Ricardo. The Sussex based engineering firm has supplied McLaren Automotive with its twin-turbocharged V8 engine since the MP4-12C was launched, but this new line-up of entry level McLarens is expected to feature a new smaller capacity, twin-turbocharged V6 engine that can also be equipped with a hybrid power pack.

On this prototype, the only visible changes are some extended sill just ahead of the rear wheel, and the makeshift placement of two high-mounted exhaust outlets, although the bodywork will be completely new for the production car. 

Advertisement - Article continues below

The introduction of a new Sport Series range will also allow McLaren to update its carbon fibre MoneCell chassis, maintaining the firm’s traditional mid-engined-rear-wheel drive layout. 

It is also expected that McLaren will use the introduction of the new Sport Series family to showcase a new interior design, that remains driver focussed but improves on the functionality and reliability of the current system. 




McLaren delays new Sports Series as 1200 staff axed

29 May 2020

McLaren GT 2020 review – can a mid-engined two-seater also be a fine GT?

28 May 2020

McLaren Senna among 2763 cars recalled due to fire risk 

29 Apr 2020

McLaren Elva production run reduced to 249 units

3 Apr 2020

Most Popular


Porsche 911 Carrera S vs rivals: R8, Vantage, 570GT and Evora face off

The question is simple. Does the 992-generation 911 Carrera S still have the edge on its core rivals?
11 Jul 2020
Mercedes AMG GT

Technical specifications of 720bhp Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series revealed

The Black Series has returned, with its latest and arguably greatest offering yet – the AMG GT Black Series
14 Jul 2020

2021 Ford Bronco revealed – an American icon reborn

The new Ford Bronco off-roader has been revealed stateside; a counterpoint to the Defender and Wrangler
14 Jul 2020
Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS receives 3D-printed pistons for 30bhp increase

The hardcore Porsche 911 GT2 RS has recieved high-tech 3D-printed pistons for increased performance
14 Jul 2020