McLaren’s Super Series

The Super Series testing under wraps

Beyond the realms of possibility for most people on the planet, the upcoming second-generation McLaren Super Series is getting a new engine in the form of a tasty 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8. Though McLaren aren’t confirming the concrete details until the launch of the model at the Geneva Motor Show next month, they do say that acceleration to 200km/h will take 7.8 seconds, and 10.3 seconds to complete a standing quarter mile. For reference, the Ford GT will take 10.8s to complete the quarter mile, and 10.6s for the Ferrari 488. In other words, it’s going to be quite fast.

According to McLaren, the new block will be accompanied by a new exhaust system tuned for aural perfection, as well as twin scroll turbochargers which spool up more rapidly and result in reduced turbo lag and quicker response on the throttle. If you really want to hairs to stand up on the back of your neck, there’ll be an even sportier exhaust on the options menu.

“The new 4.0-litre M840T is an outstanding engine powering an exceptional supercar capable of covering a standing quarter mile in 10.3 seconds,” said McLaren Super Series Vehicle Line Director Haydn Baker. “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.”

So, to sum up, McLaren are offering more power, more speed, more noise and – as the engine bay will be illuminated when you unlock the car –  an even greater sense of occasion and anticipation. They certainly know how to whet your appetite.

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