McLaren shrinks the 650s with 'Sports Series'

McLaren has revealed further details surrounding a new entry-level model to complement its 650S supercars.

Known as the "Sport Series", the new machine will offer reduced performance for a significantly lower price than the $441,500 650S.

Details surrounding the model are slim, but McLaren says it will feature a carbon-fibre chassis and mid-mounted engine, the same combination seen in the brand's current line-up.

The machine is rumoured to have a naturally aspirated 3.8-litre V8 in favour of the twin-turbocharged unit that is at the core of every McLaren model since it returned from hibernation with the MP4-12C coupe in 2011.

The manufacturer says the car will bring "Formula One technologies and know-how to a new segment for the brand".

It is likely to be priced around $300,000 to compete with the likes of the Porsche 911 Carrera S and upcoming Mercedes-Benz AMG GT.

McLaren is expected to retain its proven seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear-wheel-drive powertrain, but it is unlikely its state-of-the-art hybrid technology seen in the multi-million dollar P1 will carry over to its junior sibling.

The Sport Series name represents a departure for McLaren, which has only used alpha-numeric designations such as F1, P1, MP4-12C and 650S.

McLaren says it will tease out the model's launch with 14 chapters of true "game-changing Black Swan moments" that have shifted thinking.

The Sport Series is expected coupe and open-top variants, as per the 12C and 650S.

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