New McLaren hybrid on the way

New McLaren Sports Series with hybrid power on the way; spy shots show prototype testing under disguise

McLaren MV614 hybrid prototype

McLaren looks set to introduce a new hybrid model to its Sports Series, as evidenced by recent spy shots showing a 570S-shaped mule undergoing testing in Europe.

It has been reported that McLaren will take the wraps off its next-generation hybrid drivetrain later in 2020, most likely incorporating new V6 engines for cheaper models and more familiar V8s for faster ones. Reports suggest that we should see the first of McLaren’s new models later this year.

Designated the MV614 Hybrid Prototype, the mule in our spy shots looks familiar, but is expected to be hiding a thoroughly revised powertrain beneath its 570S bodywork. It’s most likely to be a testbed for the aforementioned V6-based hybrid powertrain that'll find its way into future entry-level McLaren models.

Under the brand’s Track22 plan, half of its range will be electrified by 2022 – starting with the already-confirmed Speedtail hyper-GT. An all-electric McLaren project has yet to get off the ground, however, apparently mainly due to technological constraints like weight and battery performance.

As McLaren hunts for solutions to make its eventual all-electric model fit in with its brand, the imminent wave of hybrid models will take the fight to forthcoming rivals like the Porsche 911 hybrid and Ferrari SF90 plug-in hybrid.