McLaren previews new roadster for Ultimate Series

August 16, 2019

McLaren has announced it is working on a new hypercar for its Ultimate Series showroom, sitting somewhere in between the Senna and the Speedtail.

The yet-to-be-named model will be a two-seater in an open-top roadster layout, as previewed above, offering a different character to the Senna’s track focus and different to the Speedtail’s high-speed performance.

Instead, McLaren says the new roadster will offer “the purest distillation of road-focused driving pleasure” as well as “an unrivalled sense of driver connection” with the surrounding environment.

No specs or anything have been confirmed as yet, however, the company says it will use “a version” of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 seen in the Senna. In that, the motor develops 589kW and 800Nm, and the Senna offers a 0-100km/h time of just 2.8 seconds.

Helping with performance for the roadster, McLaren says it will be the “lightest car ever produced” by the company. This is thanks to a full carbon fibre construction. Mike Flewitt, CEO at McLaren Automotive, said:

“Our two current ultimate series cars, the Senna and Speedtail, offer unique and distinct driving experiences. Now this new addition to the Ultimate Series, an open-cockpit roadster, will take road-focused driving pleasure to new levels.”

McLaren is planning to build just 399 examples, with market entry penned in for late 2020. Prices, according to the company, are projected to start somewhere in between the £750,000 Senna and the £2.1 million Speedtail. Expressions of interest will be taken from current customers during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event this weekend.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.