Apple is reportedly sniffing around McLaren, and smelling more than just the heady haze of partially-burned hydrocarbons. The British automaker might at first seem like an unlikely target for the iPhone maker, but dip beneath the six-figure supercars and there are plenty of very good reasons why Apple might be interested.
Apple is reportedly negotiating to buy British supercar manufacturer McLaren, in a deal that could accelerate the Cupertino tech firm into the automotive big leagues. The rumored deal is the latest in the ongoing saga of Apple's so-called "Project Titan" car development, which is believed to be focusing on electric powertrain and self-driving car technologies.
A new McLaren is always something worth celebrating, and the British automaker's team of fettlers and tweakers have cooked up something particularly special for Pebble Beach this year. The McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept takes the oddly practical 570GT as its core, then lavishes custom parts including a soon-to-be-commercialized Electro-Chromic Roof upon the potent coupe.
This is a golden age for guys and gals who love cars, or more specifically exotic cars. Certainly for the vast majority of us looking at these rides in magazines and online is as close as we will ever get to driving or even riding in one. These five vehicles are so rare that it's not likely that you will ever see one cruising the streets of your city. If you were ever to hit the lottery, and it had better be a big jackpot because you'll need millions to put all of these collectible cars into your garage, these are the five that would be most likely to be worth as much or even more than you paid for them years down the road.
I’m piercing the Scottish idyll in the McLaren 675LT Spider, and 25 feet to either side I imagine observant lichen rattle in the wake of the LT’s turbulence, smugly impressed before reverting to their simple-life ways. Only a road definitively signals that man has actually been here before, and in this setting one could plausibly argue that asphalt is a natural phenomenon.
One of if not the most highly regarded original supercars, the McLaren F1, has been brought back to sale by McLaren itself. This vehicle is chassis #069, what the company suggests was "one of the very last produced", and this one is coming in "Concours Condition." The vehicle has less than 2,800 miles on it (from new) and will be sold with the watch this line of vehicles was originally presented with as well as "the correct numbered McLaren F1 book" - that's the LM Edition of the book "Driving Ambition". Just 64 roadcar examples of this vehicle were ever produced - 106 F1 vehicles total. This vehicle is set to fetch a pretty penny.
When you hear "practical" your first thought probably isn't a two-seater, 562 horsepower coupe, but McLaren is hoping to change your mind with its most "road-biased" model to date. The 2017 McLaren 570GT is the latest addition to the British marque's Sports Series, promising not only blistering performance when you plant your right foot but a surprising degree of practicality and refinement in the process.
If every car show has its unofficial theme, then Geneva's is ridiculously bespoke luxury, and McLaren is bringing a pair of its own examples of automotive excess. In fact, it's the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) team that has taken the lead in Switzerland this year, first crafting a fully carbon fiber-bodied McLaren P1 to turn the already-at-11 hypercar up to 12.
I thought I knew what visceral meant. I also thought I'd never get used to the attention you draw, pulling up in a supercar. The McLaren 650S Spider educated me on both, first by smearing my body into a paste as it slammed me back against the seat with its fist of acceleration, and second with a jolt of unexpected patriotism.
McLaren has announced the completion of its 375th (and last ever) example of the McLaren P1, and with it comes the end of production for that model. The Ultimate Series production will still plod on for a while longer, though, with some limited edition McLaren P1 GTRs’ still in the pipeline. This track-only version of the P1 features 986 horsepower and is scheduled to wrap up sometime early next year.
If you were tempted by the ridiculously-capable McLaren 675LT Coupe but insist on the wind in your hair, fear not, the British automaker has you (un)covered. The new 675LT Spider comes in response to what McLaren says is "significant customer demand" for a drop-top, shedding its three-piece hardtop at speeds of up to 19 mph.