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McLaren to build open-top hypercar

Likely seven-figure price tag for each of 399-strong production run

McLaren has confirmed the fourth member of its hypercar ‘Ultimate Series’ line-up — an open-top roadster.

The yet-to-be-named car will arrive in 2020, following on from the P1 of 2013, the 2018 Senna and the upcoming Speedtail.

It will be limited to a production run of 399 examples and according to McLaren will be a road car first and foremost, rather than being aimed at track use.

McLaren has released a single teaser image of the car that shows a silhouette matching the rest of the brand’s current range. The side profile resembles that of the 720S supercar while the thin head and taillights are signature elements.

Currently there are few mechanical details, though McLaren has confirmed that the car will utilise a variant of the brand’s familiar 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Its specification is said to be similar to that of the Senna, which produces 800hp.

According to McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt, the new model demonstrates the brand’s intention to push boundaries.

“Our two current ultimate series cars, the Senna and Speedtail, offer unique and distinct driving experiences – now this new addition to the Ultimate Series, an open-cockpit roadster, will take road-focused driving pleasure to new levels,” Flewitt says.

Pricing for the upcoming open-cockpit McLaren is yet to be revealed though it is expected to be somewhere between the £750,000 Senna and £2.1m Speedtail.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.