Darren Goddard, the director of Sports Series at McLaren, recently spoke with Australian car site Car Sales, where he spoke surprisingly poorly against the car form.
Sounds like we won't see such a model coming out of McLaren any time soon. While the automaker has a certain pride in the performance capabilities, it would seem that the coolness factor of a vehicle will take precedence.
"There is nothing cool about an SUV"
Goddard went on to explain how an SUV wouldn't be a good fit for the brand at this time. They believe that an SUV would negatively affect the McLaren lineup, namely by spoiling the sense of exclusivity. If they made an SUV, they'd have to exceed their targeted product limit of 6,000 units a year.
On a technical aspect, adding an SUV would be more effort than desireable. The company works firmly with carbon fiber chassis structures. These would be hard to modify to fit an SUV build.
"Thinking about the difference between mass production and an exclusive product is quite different."
I'd love to say that this level of snootiness comes as a surprise. But it's all too common with upper-class wealth that the brand caters to.