Production of the McLaren 720S coupe and Spider and 765LT coupe has ended, but it’s unclear what will replace them.
In addition to confirming the end of production for these vehicles, McLaren told Automotive News that production of the 765LT Spider is winding down.
Production of the 720S range ended in December 2022.
The company also confirmed that customers are putting deposits down with dealers and is “sold out through deep into 2024”, at least in the Americas, even though McLaren has revealed nothing about the cars’ successors.
“We have not spoken about this vehicle,” McLaren’s Americas region president, Nicolas Brown told Automotive News.
“But customers, of course, they see that, ‘Ok, well, you can’t order a 720 anymore.’ They realise that production is ending. So putting two and two together, something is coming.
“They’re anticipating that it will be a refinement of 720. They understand that it’s not a next-generation, all-new, ground-up vehicle.
“They have started to put deposits down with dealers, although we haven’t said anything.”
The 720S entered production in 2017, with its track-optimised 765LT relation debuting in 2020.
Originally set to enter production in 2021, the launch of the Artura was delayed when issues were identified, a setback highlighted in the company’s third-quarter 2022 financial results.
“After 30 September 2022 the Group identified certain technical upgrades that are required to ensure Artura customers enjoy optimum long-term performance. These upgrades are resulting in delays to wholesale shipments and customer deliveries,” the company said in November.
“This has had an associated impact on group liquidity. In order to help manage through this issue, the Group’s lead shareholder has committed to bolster liquidity by a further £100m [A$175 million].”
The McLaren Group confirmed it was in active discussions with “key shareholders” regarding a “broader recapitalisation”, with a transaction set to be agreed upon and announced in the first quarter of 2023.