McLaren is set to replace its 650S with a new model, codenamed P14, pitching it squarely against the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB. More of McLaren’s design and engineering philosophy can be expected to appear in the P14, such as the automaker’s MonoCell carbon-fibre tub and 3.8 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine.

Developments and design improvements from Sports Series models such as the narrower sill design on the 570S can be expected to feature on the P14, which sits on the Super Series rung of the McLaren road car ladder. In terms of powertrain, the P14 is expected to have a peak power output of more than 670 PS, which will help it at least match its closest rival, the 488 GTB on that front.


Consequently on performance, the numbers to beat from the the Ferrari are 0-100 km/h in under three seconds, and a top speed of over 330 km/h. As evidenced by the images provided here by our spy photographers, the P14 draws upon certain design cues from other models in the McLaren range such as the 570S and the P1, while active aerodynamics have been incorporated into the design from the outset.

Just like the 650S that came before, the P14 will spawn both the coupe seen here as well as a retractable hard-top convertible Spider, while even higher-performance variants can be expected later on in the model’s lifecycle, just as the limited-run 675LT was built from the 650S. McLaren’s roll-out strategy of one new model per year allows room for that.