British manufacturer McLaren has gained a reputation as an auteur of the sports car realm. In less than a decade’s time they have transitioned from a one hit wonder—the amazing and now legendary F1—to a maker of a small line of cars that are held in the same regard as those from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche. That’s quite the achievement, especially as they seem able to sustain their momentum. Have you been taking notes, Lotus?
McLaren’s not calling it quits in the sports car melieu either. Their upcoming 650S replacement, the 720S is rumored to have a 4-litre V8 in its middle that will propel the car to sixty in well less than three-seconds. That’s some eyebrow-raising performance, but it will only be able to be experienced by the car’s driver and a single one that driver’s friends at a time. That’s too bad because it really limits McLaren’s audience to those who appreciate the ultimate in edge cutting. How might that translate into something a little more social?
Ferrari offers both rabid sportsters (witness the new 812 Superfast) and gentlemen GT cars, both designed to eat up the miles, but also both in different ways. If you need to cross a continent what would your preferred mode be—staccato sports car or capable grand tourer? And if Ferrari can capably do both, why can’t McLaren? Wouldn’t they sell the hell out of a GT car? I think so, but I’d like your take on the notion.
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