McLaren’s Next Ultra-Exclusive Flagship Breaks Cover

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McLaren Solus GT (Credits: McLaren)

McLaren is getting ready to show off the next big thing in its Ultimate Series later this year. This is the series that includes famous cars like the Senna, Senna GTR, Speedtail, and Elva. But this time, it’s all about the successor to the legendary F1 and P1. According to Automotive News, the new supercar from McLaren, coming from Woking, England, is expected to cost about $2 million when it’s finally ready in 2026.

But don’t expect to get your hands on one easily. McLaren is only making 400 of them, and they’re likely to sell out way before they even hit the market. Plus, they’re being picky about who gets to buy them. If you’ve already splurged on McLaren’s $2.5 million Solus GT track car, then you’ll get first dibs on this Ultimate Series car. The Solus GT, originally a concept for the Vision Gran Turismo game, turned real with just 25 examples made, each packing a 5.2-liter V10 engine with 829 horsepower.

Reports from dealers who attended meetings in Las Vegas suggest McLaren revealed a sneak peek of the new car, codenamed P18. It’s said to blend the sleek lines of the P1 with the technical prowess of the Senna. Unlike its predecessors, it ditches the butterfly doors for gullwing ones. The design features new headlight styles, “floating fenders,” various air intakes, and active aerodynamics.

McLaren's Next Ultra-Exclusive Flagship Breaks Cover
McLaren Solus GT (Credits: McLaren)

Under the hood, the P18 will boast a brand-new V8 hybrid powertrain, unlike anything else in McLaren’s lineup. The hybrid system is touted to be significantly lighter than the one in the Artura GT, while the battery draws inspiration from McLaren’s F1 race car. Steering precision remains a priority, with McLaren sticking to hydraulic steering and introducing a new hydraulic suspension.

As for what it’ll be called, McLaren has filed trademarks for names like W1, MP1, U1, and H1, but nothing’s set in stone yet. There’s also talk of McLaren expanding its lineup with models featuring more seats and doors, but details are scarce.

By the time the new Ultimate Series car hits the streets in 2026, we might even see more new McLarens on the horizon.


By Preksha Sharma

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