McLaren confirms new Ultimate Series speedster

Yolanda Curtis
August 17, 2019

This year's Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance will host an all-new Ultimate Series McLaren model, a yet-unnamed two-seat, open cockpit roadster. "Now this new addition to the Ultimate series, an open-cockpit roadster, will take road-focused driving pleasure to new levels", said Flewitt.

That's because not only does it lack a roof, but a windshield too.

It's not the first time McLaren has created an open-cockpit sports vehicle. No sooner had we caught wind of McLaren's "classical roadster" than it is officially announced - with an accompanying pic that lays much of the car's striking form bare. Our guess would be something relatively pared back, even if few of these cars are likely to be left out in anything but the nicest of weather.

At this point of time, McLaren only confirmed that the new model will use a version of McLaren's twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The company says the new roadster will be made of carbon fiber in the carmaker's trademark design. It should launch in 2020 as part of the Ultimate Series, a range that now comprises the P1 (sold out and no longer in production), Senna and Speedtail (still available for purchase, including as a GTR version for the Senna).

McLaren has announced it is working on a new hypercar for its Ultimate Series showroom, sitting somewhere in between the Senna and the Speedtail.

No matter the price tag, McLaren is unlikely to struggle to find buyers. Our two current Ultimate Series cars, the Senna and Speedtail, offer unique and distinct driving experiences. It's the British firm's category for its most exclusive and advanced vehicles, and has variously debuted its work on performance hybridization, form-shifting bodywork, and other cutting-edge technologies. McLaren is seeking "expressions of interest" from customers during the Pebble Beach Concours this weekend. Just make sure to save a little for some driving goggles.

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