Downsizing? What’s that?
Rumors remain rumors until they’re confirmed, and McLaren just confirmed a new engine for the upcoming Super Series successor. No longer will McLarens from the Super Series be powered by the renowned 3.8-liter V8, instead they will now be powered by a 4.0 liter V8. One that should offer better “power, torque and throttle response.” All hail the new McLaren engine. All hail the M840T.
McLaren has used the 3.8 liter engine ever since the MP4-12C was launched back in 2011, slapping all kinds of configurations of that engine in their lineup after that. The Sports Series saw the 540 and 570, the Super Series went all the way up to the 688, and last on the list is Ultimate Series with the hybrid P1. Wether or not McLaren will now phase-out that engine is undisclosed in the press release.
“The new 4.0-litre M840T is an outstanding engine powering an exceptional supercar capable of covering a standing quarter mile in 10.3 seconds,”
The new McLaren engine is not something massively different than the 3.8 liter V8, instead McLaren claims it to be an improvement. It should now offer a higher output (no word about how much), better throttle response and less lag due to new, low friction turbo-chargers. Its exhaust note has also been improved according to the brand, it offers a “soulful, clean and crisp exhaust note.” Whatever that might mean.
To top it all off, McLaren added fancy lights in the engine bay that illuminate the new engine when you unlock the car. Just a few more weeks until we’ll know if the brand slapped a Phillips Ambilight into the interior as well, the 7th of March to be precise. One thing is clear though, the P14 is quicker than the 675LT.