The British supercar manufacturer could be democratizing its range a little bit, if the latest rumors prove true, in a bid to join Ferrari and Porsche in the grand touring segment.
The Italian automaker has of course the GTC4Lusso, while the German carmaker has recently showed the second generation Panamera. According to a report, McLaren’s global corporate communications manager, Duncan Forrester, has hinted towards possible discussions among the top brass on the subject – though nothing has been decided firmly yet. “I think we’ll play with it, but I don’t think there’s much of an appetite for a family McLaren,” the executive commented. In the past McLaren has stated their three series range – Sports Series, Super Series, and Ultimate Series – will remain the core offering. That doesn’t totally exclude the possibility of a four-seat McLaren, which could simply be based on an existing model – maybe a long wheelbase version of the 570S.
On the other hand, Forrester also explained a three-seater (hello McLaren F1 direct successor) could be possible. “If you said to a designer “go fill your boots” of course they’d love to create a 2+2 sports car. But the thing is, if you were to look at three seats, as an example, the immediate point of reference for that is the F1 production car. So that car is iconic. So you’d have to look and think: how could you do that again? Do you want to do that?” the executive said. On the other hand McLaren is not thinking about an SUV at all. “We are not going to build an SUV,” Forrester confirmed.