McLaren's boss has confirmed its next-generation platform will support plug-in hybrid vehicles.
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McLaren is readying an all-wheel drive hybrid supercar to take on the Ferrari SF90, according to new reports from the USA.

Speaking with Car and Driver, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt confirmed the brand's next-generation platform will support plug-in hybrid power with electric all-wheel drive.

The report says the next-generation platform will debut in the second quarter of 2020, before going on sale early in 2021.

According to the C&D report the entire McLaren range will be hybrid within around four years, with power coming from a plug-in hybrid setup offering up to 32km of range.

Petrol power will come from a V6 engine, not the current V8 – although high-end models could retain a hybrid variation of the brand's now-common turbocharged V8 engine to help them stand out.

The Car and Driver report says McLaren has no current plans to develop an electric vehicle because lithium-ion batteries are too heavy.

Although solid state batteries offer one possible solution, Flewitt said a pure-electric McLaren could be decades away.