'Affordable' McLaren Sport Series to debut at New York motor show

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McLaren Sports Series
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McLaren has been in the limelight for its hyper P1 GTR – yours for the small sum of £1.9 million – and the hardcore track-focused 675LT that weighs in at a cool £259,500, both of which debuted at this week's Geneva motor show.

However, the next cars to come from the Woking-based car manufacturer could be much more affordable, with the company gearing up to unveil its 'Sport Series' models at the upcoming New York motor show.

McLaren hopes this 'entry-level' range of sports cars will bring many more people to the brand, clawing sales from mass-market performance models such as the Porsche 911. This new group of cars will complete McLaren's move to a three-tier structure of sports cars.

The Sports Series will become the first rung on the McLaren ladder when it is launched in April, letting owners benefit from performance features such as carbonfibre chassis and mid-mounted V8 motors. Sitting above the Sports Series is the Super Series, which includes models such as the 675LT, 650S and Asia-only 625C, while topping the tree is the Ultimate Series, which includes the P1 and 986bhp P1 GTR.

Entry to the Sports Series cars is expected to set back buyers £135,000 upwards, with the Porsche 911 Turbo S-rivaling model being available in three states of tune. The two lower-powered variants are expected to pump out around 550bhp and 575bhp, with the former putting more emphasis on comfort. A third 600bhp model is also expected.

Despite their billing as junior McLarens, these cars should be able to hold their heads up high against rivals from Porsche, Audi and Aston Martin, thanks to a de-tuned version of the McLaren 650S's 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine along with the same seven-speed gearbox, reports Auto Express.