McLaren Automotive this year plans to replace the supercar that launched the British company's on-road challenge to Ferrari nearly six years ago.
The new car, to be revealed in March at the Geneva auto show, replaces the midrange 650S, which evolved from the original MP4-12C that launched in 2011.
The new two-seater coupe will form the heart of McLaren's next Super Series range of cars, one up from the entry Sports Series but a long way from the million-dollar heights of the Ultimate Series. The car will be a "revolutionary leap forwards," McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt said in a statement.
The heart of the car is a new carbon-fiber passenger cell that McLaren says helps lop 40 pounds off the dry weight of a comparable 650S, taking the new car to 2,829 pounds.
The so-called Monocage II cell is wider and has lower door sills for better cabin access, the company says. It also lowers the center of gravity for better handling. Further technical information was unavailable, but the car is expected to use an upgraded version of the 650S' 641-hp twin-turbo V-8. A hybrid Super Series car is expected nearer the end of the decade.
McLaren had a bumper sales year in 2016 at 3,286 cars, almost double the year before. Nearly a third of those were sold in the U.S, the company's biggest market.
Last year McLaren said it would spend £1 billion ($1.2 billion) to launch 15 new cars by 2022, starting with this new Super Series model.