McLaren’s current range comprises top-of-the-line Ultimate Series models, mid-level Super Series models and entry-level Sports Series models. The latter includes McLaren 570S and McLaren 540C that rivals the likes of Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-Type. The British sportscar maker doesn’t plan to introduce a new model positioned lower than than the 540C, as per a report from Autocar.
In a conversation with the publication, Robert Melville, Chief Designer at McLaren Automotive, said that a sub-540C model “is a step too far”. The company is mainly into making low production exotic cars, not mass-market ones. “That (sub-540C sports car) is not exclusive enough for us,” Mr. Melville said.
“You look at Ferrari. They are coming from very high end. This (McLaren 570S) is stretching us down to R8s and 911s and is as low as we’d want to come.”
According to the report, the company should introduce a new McLaren 570S GT in early 2016 and McLaren 570S Spider in 2017. The 570S Spider will be a convertible of the 570S coupe, while the 570S GT will have a grand-tourer styling and be more spacious and practical than the 570S Coupe and 570S Spider. Towards the end of 2016, the company will also launch McLaren 675LT Spider, a convertible variant of the McLaren 675LT of the Super Series range.