McLaren is anticipated to be working on a new entry-level model to compete against the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Jaguar F-Type R, the Nissan GT-R, and the incoming Mercedes-Benz AMG GT. And word is that the new model could be named the 500S to follow the naming scheme of the now defunct MP4-12C, the 650S.
Expected to cost around $180,000, the new 500S gets its structure from the 650S’s carbon fiber tub, though nobody exactly knows what it’ll look like. Speculation points to a mix between the P1 and the current 650S, while power is also to be provided by the same 3.8L twin-turbo V8 detuned to make 500hp. Expect an array of other parts sharing such as similar dashboard designs.
The McLaren 500S is speculated to be revealed at the Geneva Auto Show next year with sales beginning not too long afterwards. Possible convertible and track-focused variants may also be on the list.