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The Next McLaren Hybrid Hypercar Will Have Gullwing Doors

McLaren is working on a new PHEV hypercar with gullwing doors, and a four-seater model that could be an SUV.

  • The new model, code-named P18, is expected to launch later this year.

  • Its V8 plug-in hybrid powertrain will reportedly deliver over 1,000 horsepower.

  • The P18 will feature gullwing doors rather than dihedral doors like the brand’s other models.

The upcoming McLaren hybrid hypercar, expected to be launched later this year, will feature gullwing doors instead of the brand’s traditional dihedral doors.

This is according to sources cited by Automotive News Europe, who also said the next hypercar, code-named P18, will feature a new carbon fibre chassis with integrated seatbacks that will reduce weight and improve safety as well as rigidity.

Powering this new car will be a V8 plug-in hybrid system inspired by Formula 1 racing that should deliver over 1,000 horsepower while also being about 70% lighter than the current generation of the brand’s PHEV powertrain.

According to executives that have been interviewed recently, McLaren is not yet ready to launch a fully electric model since it believes it wouldn’t be possible to do so without compromising the company’s performance and handling characteristics, most notably due to the weight of batteries and their lack of capacity for prolonged peak power delivery, such as what is needed on a racetrack.

McLaren Artura Spider with dihedral doors | Photo: McLaren

McLaren dealerships were shown an animation of the new hypercar earlier this week, revealing some design elements. According to those who have seen the video, the P18 will resemble the Artura and 750S at the front thanks to its recessed headlamps, while the rear will be reminiscent of the 2013-2015 P1, of which it will be the successor at the company’s Halo model.

Along with this new hypercar, McLaren is also reportedly working on a four-door, four-seater model, which could even take the form of an SUV.

Indeed, the company has hinted at such a car for a while already, citing changing market demographics and the success of potential competitors such as the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the Lamborghini Urus, and the Ferrari Purosangue.

Having an SUV, or at least a sedan, could help the British sports car maker to tap a larger clientèle who want the performance and image associated with the brand but won’t purchase a vehicle with only two seats.

Retailers say that this model, which is expected in 2028, will be developed entirely in-house, which can be surprising for a manufacturer as small as McLaren.

Source: Automotive News Europe

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