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McLaren confirms a sizzling new £1million plus open-top Ultimate Series hypercar

By Paul Connolly

McLaren has unveiled a roofless new ‘Ultimate Series’ hypercar that will be on sale as early as next year.

The new car is described as a “two-seat, open-topped roadster” and will be for use on the open road.

Teaser images show dihedral (butterfly) doors, a sleek silhouette, deeply sculpted flanks and an open cockpit with virtually no windshield .

The manufacturer says the car will be priced to sit between the McLaren Senna and Speedtail models, which will give it a price range somewhere between £750,000 (Senna) and £2.1million (forthcoming new Speedtail).

The price will vary due to options, special editions and levels of personalisation offered.

Although currently known just as part of the Ultimate Series – which includes the P1TM, Senna and Speedtail - there is speculation the new car will called the GT Superlight when it is officially launched.

The new model will utilize McLaren’s trademark carbon fibre construction and the company says it will be making it the lightest car ever produced by McLaren Automotive.

Details were given this week at a customer briefing at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the exclusive California auto event, where McLaren was asking for expressions of interest from potential buyers.

McLaren says the car will be strictly limited to 399 examples, which will all offer “the purest distillation of road-focused driving pleasure and an unrivalled sense of driver connection with the surrounding environment”.

It adds: “Classical roadster proportions, elegant sweeping lines and low-profile dihedral doors all reflect the car’s singular purpose as a thrilling road car dedicated to the love of driving.”

It will be powered by a version of the twin-turbocharged V8 engine currently employed in the Senna.

In the Senna, this unit delivers 789bhp, sending power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission set-up.

McLaren Automotive boss Mike Flewitt said: “At McLaren Automotive we are consistently pushing the boundaries to deliver the purest and most engaging driving experience whether for the road or track.

“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.”

The new car is expected to be officially on sale in the latter half of next year.

Like every McLaren Automotive vehicle, the new car will be hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey.

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