McLaren has grown to be a household name these days, thanks to the company’s agility in the production of luxury sports cars, competing with such giants as Porsche and Ferrari on the road. McLaren is a British company that can be traced back to 1963, when it was simply referred to as Bruce McLaren Motor Racing. As you can tell from the name, the company was founded by Bruce McLaren, and was only launched as McLaren Automotive in 2010 as a separate manufacturer with a promise to deliver a new car every calendar year.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 McLaren models of all time.
1. The McLaren 540C Coupé
The 540 Coupe is the ultimate sports car. It is performance oriented and driver friendly, with the ability to handle the open road just as efficiently as the race track. Being lightweight with a high weight to power ratio, the car delivers an excellent performance punch that would leave many more expensive models in awe. Even if you disregard the 0-124mph acceleration in a mere 10.5 seconds, the 540C Coupe still comes with race-bred dynamics. The Sports Series model features a strong chassis designed to generate an unrivaled balance, making it extremely comfortable to drive both in the city and within the limits of a racetrack.
Like many of its supercar cousins, the car features carbon fiber construction which, when combined with the powerful mid-range V8, provides the most effective power to weight ratio in its class. The car will set you back a cool $1.6 million.
2. McLaren 570S
Most people would like to think that the 570S is McLaren’s greatest achievement until now. It comes with a 3.8liter twin turbo V8 that generates a torque of 443lb ft and 562bhp. Its acceleration is the same as the legendary F1 sports car: 0-100mph in 6.3sec and 0-60 in 3.2secs. It uses 7-speed twin clutch gearbox and a carbon fiber chassis, but does not include any adjustable aerodynamic devices or cross linked adaptive suspension (in order to save on production costs). The standard price for the 570S is about $235,260.
3. McLaren 650s
McLaren 650s was introduced as a successor to the short-lived 12C, but most experts agree that this is the model that should have been in the first place. The previous 442lb ft and 616bhp outputs were boosted to 500lb ft and 641bhp, bringing the performance to a whole new level. The new acceleration became a mind- gobbling 0-60 in 2.9sec, but the 0-100mph in a mere 5.7sec was what set the car apart from most of the other models. The car boasts a maximum speed of 207mph. The star feature of the new upgrade is based on the reworked engine, which includes revised cam timing, exhaust valves, cylinder heads, and new pistons. The car is priced at $255,191.
4. McLaren 625C
The 625C is a watered down, more refined version of the previous 650S model. It was designed to meet the increasing demand for McLaren sports cars in Asia, and comes with a price tag of about $265,000. It Formula 1 based technology that can make any novice feel like a professional racer. Its revivsed mechanical balance and new dampers offer a gentler spring rate behind the car. The estimated price tag for the McLaren 625C is $270,000.
5. McLaren 570GT
The newest addition to the McLaren Sports Series, the dexterous 570GT was branded as the most refined and luxurious McLaren car to date. While it is designed with a dynamic style to fit its positioning, the model still retains the supercar standards of performance as its cousin, the 570S. The new model was meant to be used as an everyday car, concentrating on long distance comfort and day-to-day usability. It comes with a revised two seat design and a standard fixed glass Panoramic roof. Apart from the 150-liter stowage at the front luggage area, which is also featured in the 570S, the new model also offers an additional 220-liter space on a leathered Touring Deck behind the seats, which is accessible from the side opening Glass Hatch. The new price for the McLaren is about $201,278.
6. McLaren 675LT
The first modern car in the McLaren vehicle production to come with a Longtail (LT) badge, the 675LT was inspired by the McLaren F1 GTR that premiered during the ’97 race season. According to the company, a “Longtail” is defined by ultimate standards of driver engagement, weight reduction, and outright performance. To this end, McLaren focused on increasing down-force, optimizing aerodynamics, and reducing weight to boost the car’s track performance, like the original F1 GTR. To reduce the weight, McLaren had to increase the use of lighter components and carbon fiber. The new M838TL 3.8-litre twin- turbocharged V8 engine achieves a maximum speed of 330km/h, rising from 0 to 62mph (0 to 100km/h) in 2.9 seconds. The only shame is that all five hundred are sold, but the base price was set at $339,166.
7. McLaren P1
McLaren P1 was designed to match the standards of the McLaren F1, one of the most iconic cars in the world of luxury vehicles. The idea behind this car was to create the most convenient driver’s car in the world, both on track and on the road. The car uses Instant Power Assist System (or IPAS) petro electric power-train with the help of a 3.8liter twin turbo V8 engine and a single electric motor, which are collectively referred to as M838TQ. This brings the total power output to 903hp. The electric motor offers instant torque and a range of 6.8 miles in complete electric mode and 34mpg in non-electric mode. Maximum speed is electronically restricted to 217mph, with the ability to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds. The P1 can accelerate from zero to 200km/h in just 6.8 seconds. The catch is a staggering $1.15 million price tag.
8. McLaren P1 GTR
To commemorate twenty years since their “24 Hours of Le Mans” victory in 1995, McLaren decided to bring the GTR name back to life with the introduction of the P1 GTR, a luxury sports car that was designed for the tracks alone. The concept car premiered at the 2014 Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, but the production model made its official debut at the following year’s Geneva Motor Show. It is only available to existing P1 customers, with significant improvements including a .8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, which comes with a lighter, upgraded electric motor. Together, they generate 986hp. The car sells at $2587860.
9. McLaren F1
In 1988, McLaren decided to extend from Formula One and create one of the finest sports car in the world. The manufacturing team set out on this mission in 1990 and three years later ended up with the first production car. Even by modern standards, McLaren F1 is still considered one of the best road cars of all time. It was the first road car to use carbon fiber, featuring the Formula 1-based monocoque at a meager 100kg. The car also went on to define the McLaren road car signature: innovative design, superb quality, clever packaging, and low weight, leading to a breathtaking driving experience. The estimated price for McLaren F1 is currently $12 million.
10. McLaren M6GT
The M6GT project can be traced back to the late 1960s, when Bruce McLaren decided to join the Le Mans endurance racing. The idea was to customize an M6 Can-Am car into a coupe that would withstand the demands of long distance racing. During that time, regulations dictated that at least 50 cars be produced, but homologation complications led to the abandonment of the project. Bruce McLaren had always wanted to create his own road car, so he was still determined to convert the M6GT project into the ideal road car.
His intention was to come up with the fastest and highest accelerating vehicle in the world. In 1970, he took the prototype on the road to determine what problems were associated with the design. While his initial plan was to refine the car and eventually manufacture up to 250 models per year, only 2 of this road car were ever built. These included the original prototype and a replica built by a certain company known as Trojan. The car is said to be worth around $1.5million.