McLaren has confirmed upcoming additions to its line-up, namely a drop-top version of its freshly launched Sports Series flagship, the McLaren 570S.
Speaking at the international launch of the McLaren 570S, McLaren Automotive global communications director Wayne Bruce announced a 570S Spider would be added to the range come 2017, but would not divulge details about the model preceding it, confirmed for a 2016 release.
“The Sports Series will eventually have three body styles – 2017 we will launch [570S] Spider,” Bruce said.
“What I can tell you [about the 2016 car] is… it’s coming in quarter two of next year, so not long to wait.”
“Honestly, we’ve not decided yet,” Palmer said.
“Again, we’ll look at where the market is going with it. It’s exciting and looks promising that a lot of the customer orders are around the 570S. And if that continues, the Spider will probably be just around the 570S. But we can make that decision and make that call based on feedback, volume and pricing of it.”
As for a potential 570S-based LT – a hardcore, lighter weight version of the 570S in keeping with the 675LT (pictured above) – Palmer says, “Who’s to say. You’ll have to wait and see.”
“The LT brand for us is an exciting brand. It’s something that is clearly important as we move forward and the 675LT has cemented that – the reception has been absolutely fantastic.
“We’ll only do that [a 570S-based LT] if we feel it is worthy of the LT name or brand. We’re not just going to stick some more carbon on the car and say, ‘Hey, it’s another 100kg lighter, look how good it is’. It’s got to be that McLaren package that steps it up and is worthy of the LT badge that we put on it.”
Both Palmer and Bruce also reiterated the brand’s non-entry into the performance SUV segment, declaring no plans, at all, to build a rival to the likes of the Aston Martin DBX (pictured above) and Lamborghini Urus and a similar product under development from Rolls-Royce.
“I can also tell you, yes, we’re very aware of what our rivals are doing with their SUVs, but not us,” Bruce said.
“We can [reach our volume target of 4000 units annually by 2017] without the need for an SUV.”
Back in 2011, McLaren Automotive promised to launch at least one new model or derivative every year, with the 12C (2011), 12C Spider (2012), P1 (2013), 650S Coupe and 650S Spider (2014), and 675LT, P1 GTR, 570S and 540C (2015) so far fulfilling that promise.
Stay tuned for our full McLaren 570S Review coming next week.