The second generation McLaren Super Series line-up is slated for debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show on 7 March. The new Super Series from McLaren is poised to raise previously accepted limits of supercar performance. Drivers will be able to enjoy acceleration from standstill to 200km/h (124mph) in just 7.8 seconds, accompanied by a soulful, clean and crisp exhaust note that is among the most emotive of any McLaren.
The new 4.0-liter M840T powers McLaren’s exceptional latest supercar, capable of covering a standing quarter mile in 10.3 seconds, McLaren sources revealed that the new Super Series’ power, torque and throttle response are all significantly enhanced compared to the first-generation Super Series, yet with fuel efficiency and emissions also notably improved. At the same time, the 4.0-liter engine signals its performance credentials with an exhaust sound achieved through a sophisticated balance of harmonics and delivering a ‘crescendo’ characteristic, according to engine rpm and load. A sports exhaust is optional for those who want still more aural excitement.
The ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers fitted to the new M840T engine typify the engineering philosophy of advancement in every area, pursued throughout the development of McLaren’s new supercar. Spooling up more rapidly than previous designs, they deliver reduced turbo lag and quicker throttle response.
Owners will also be able to showcase the heart of their new car, in particular, the cast-aluminium air intake plenum with McLaren Speedmark logo on top of the new V8 engine, with engine bay illumination that operates on vehicle unlocking.
In our previous feature on the 2nd-generation McLaren Super Series, we highlighted that the new Super Series is created around an ultra-lightweight, carbon fiber central structure. Immensely rigid, yet weighing less than the carbon fiber and metal cockpit architecture of the first-generation Super Series, the Monocage II contributes to a lightest dry weight of just 1,283kg for the new car, lower than the closest competitor and 18kg lighter than a McLaren 650S with comparable specification.
The development of Monocage II has allowed McLaren to incorporate a wider cabin entrance and lower sill to improve access into a driver environment that will offer excellent all-round visibility. The new chassis structure also enables a lower center of gravity, further sharpening the dynamic performance of the new Super Series.
Owners wishing to showcase the carbon-fiber construction chassis can specify a ‘Visible Monocage’ option that exposes the material on the inside area of the A-pillar.