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    • McLaren to finally embrace all wheel drive and entire lineup set to go hybrid

      This just does not feel very McLaren. In a recent Car and Driver interview McLaren's CEO Mike Flewitt made some startling revelations including McLaren working on an wheel drive vehicle and that in 3-4 years we can expect all McLarens to be hybrid.


      Here are the main points:

      • McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt told Car and Driver that the British supercar company plans to fully hybridize its lineup in the next three to four years.
      • The next-generation platform will support a plug-in-hybrid system with around 1520 miles of fully-electric range.
      • An all-wheel-drive system with front electric motors could help a hybrid achieve a 2.3-second zero-to-60 mph time.
      Hybrids are coming to pretty much every major performance vehicle manufacturer. It is inevitable. With it comes an inevitable weight gain too.

      Do cars really need to keep lowering their 0-60 to be more fun? Does the McLaren 720S not already show us the combination of a low curb weight, rear wheel drive, and a high revving turbo motor make for a combination that is fun and fast?

      Expect the first hybrid McLaren in 2021 after an unveiling in 2020. Expect the electric motor to feed the front wheels while a traditional internal combustion motor sends power to the rear wheels. Maybe they will let you switch the electric motor off?

      It seems that as cars get faster and faster and heavier and heavier a market may emerge for more traditional enthusiast oriented cars without the electronics.

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      1. nbrigdan's Avatar
        nbrigdan -
        I suppose seeking the ultimate in performance is following with the McLaren brand ethos. However I do agree that it sucks for the average enthusiast. Maybe I'll come off like an old man but personally I do find limited appeal in a car that does 0-60 in the low 2 second range because I'm never actually going to be able to use any of that performance when I just go for a fun mountain or back road drive.

        I think I'm not the only one who feels this way, R&T picking the Veloster N as their most fun to drive / enthusiast car of the year definitely demonstrates this same "protest" (against the direction the enthusiast segment is going) mentality. Personally I would rather see more cars with more accessible performance, for example, an even more base model below the 570S that is just more usable and more of a sports car that can be driven hard on the road but isn't meant just for the track. Maybe the "GT" fills that gap in way.
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nbrigdan Click here to enlarge
        I think I'm not the only one who feels this way, R&T picking the Veloster N as their most fun to drive / enthusiast car of the year definitely demonstrates this same "protest" (against the direction the enthusiast segment is going) mentality. Personally I would rather see more cars with more accessible performance, for example, an even more base model below the 570S that is just more usable and more of a sports car that can be driven hard on the road but isn't meant just for the track.
        Well said.