McLaren adding two new Sports Series models, due 2016 & 2017

Brett Davis

McLaren has confirmed it is working on two new super sports cars for its Sports Series lineup. The two will sit along side the recently-announced 570S and 540C.

McLaren 570S

In a recent statement about reaching a sales record for a second year in a row, the company said a second body style will be added to the lineup in 2016 and another in 2017. Details on the models are yet to be confirmed, but it is believed they might consist of a Spider version of the 570S and a rumoured Gran Turismo version offering a more practical layout.

The aim is to increase production output to more than double by 2017, to around 4000 units per year. However, McLaren says it is deliberately not setting numbers too high so as to protect the exclusivity of the brand.

McLaren has been growing quite rapidly since the brand was relaunched in 2010. There are now 71 dealer outlets around the world, selling in 30 different market regions.

Sales during 2014 rose 18 per cent compared with 2013, with 1649 new vehicles going out to customers. This helped generate an operating profit of £20.8 million, up 68 per cent. On the flip side, McLaren invested £91.8 million in research and development in 2014, up from £67 million in 2013.

The Asia-Pacific market region, which includes Australia, saw the biggest rise in sales, jumping 80 per cent in 2014 from 2013. This was helped by 11 new retail outlets opening up. Meanwhile, North America remains the biggest market for McLaren, accounting for over 30 per cent of overall sales.

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