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There Will Be No McLaren SUV In The Future

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If you are one of those on the lookout if supercar maker McLaren is going to come up with a super SUV, you will be sorely disappointed. The company made it clear that entering the highly-profitable SUV market is not part of its long-term Track22 business and development plan.

McLaren wants to focus on building two-seater sports car and build its legacy to be the most important sports car brand in the world.

Luxury automakers Lamborghini, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce have already entered this market, so it wasn’t so far-fetched that we were thinking McLaren and Ferrari would do the same. Both companies, however, rejected the idea of joining the fray and they would rather focus on what they do best—making sports cars.

Tony Joseph, McLaren North America president, said that McLaren is a profitable company and has been in existence long before such trends started. “So there’s really no need to go into SUVs. We want to concentrate just on two-seat sports cars and be known as the iconic sports car company,” he told Automotive News.

McLaren, of course, could build an SUV if it wants to. It has the engineering, the architecture, the facilities, and the capability. It does not want to, and that’s a big difference. Many could see it as a waste of opportunity for McLaren to make money and dip its hands into the profitable market of SUVs.

However, McLaren isn’t in financial trouble. Far from it, actually, making its decision not to dabble into SUVs understandable. In 2017, the automaker posted its biggest sales year, delivering 3,340 units the entire year. We’re only halfway through 2018, and it’s already on pace to break the record it made in 2017.

Those figures are expected to rise in the coming years since the company plans to unveil 15 new cars by 2022.

 

3 Things To Know About The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

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The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will be based on the convertible Volante version, and that is why when it was seen testing at the Nurburgring, we knew exactly what we are looking at. The coupe version looks exactly like the convertible but with the DB11’s hard top and floating roof design.

Aggressive Wheels

Although the DBS Superleggera and the Volante share some design language, there will be stark differences in terms of its overall look. The most obvious difference, based on the spy shots, is the set of wheels. The Volante has simple, thin, split five-spoke wheels while the DBS Superleggera would have a more aggressive and overly-styled set of wheels that still feature the five spokes. There’s a wide opening behind the front wheels and the wide sills extend backward from the opening and merges eventually with the rear fenders.

Upgraded Rear End

There are more differences at the back. There’s a bigger diffuser at the rear bumper and the exhaust tips now share the same size. Remember that in the Volante, there were small outboard units. The taillights are covered up, but we can see from the shots that they appear to be simpler than those found in the convertible.

DB11 Interior

The new Aston looks a lot like the interior of the DB11, and we were expecting that. But since the exterior changes are quite comprehensive and if those are any indication, we can expect a couple of more changes in the interior of the DBS Superleggera.

If you are interested, you won’t have to wait long to see the final production output. Aston Martin said that it would reveal the DBS Superleggera this month. It is set to be the company’s new flagship sports car and it could have as much as 700 horsepower.

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