The McLaren P1 is set to get a hybrid V8 successor in 2026, according to documents showed to dealers in Woking.

    Automotive News reports McLaren this week used its global retailer meeting to preview details about a two-seat, hybrid V8 hypercar that follows in the footsteps of the P1.

    According to sources quoted by Automotive News, the new hybrid system will be up to 70 per cent lighter than current-generation systems, and “produces much more horsepower and delivers the power more directly to the transmission”.

    The new Artura supercar is the first mainstream McLaren to adopt a hybrid drivetrain, but it pairs an electric motor with a turbocharged V6 rather than the V8 reportedly coming to the new hypercar.

    According to the report, the hypercar will feature an F1-style carbon tub with integrated seats, 3D-printed suspension parts, and F1-inspired aerodynamics – although we’re hoping they’re not too F1-inspired given the current state of the team.

    Also coming in 2026 is a hybrid follow up to the twin-turbo V8 750S revealed earlier this week, according to the report.

    Following those two in 2028 will be a four-door, four-seat car. Will it be an SUV? That remains to be seen.

    Previous reports from the likes of Autocar have suggested the brand is gearing up to reveal an electric crossover in the second half of the 2020s.

    The British publication says the crossover range will be “relatively low, compact, dual- or tri-motor, four-wheel-drive designs offering exalted performance levels likely to match the recently launched Aston Martin DBX 707“.

    McLaren has been one of the only sports car makers holding out against the world’s inexorable push to SUVs.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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