i tend to agree that mclaren produces great cars. just their model-series policy terns me off. a new series every 6 months and all with the same engine (up to tweaks).
Not even close to what Porsche does. McLaren really has never had more than 2 models available at one time and they've only actually made 3 cars over the last 5 years.
12C, 12C Spyder, 650S, 650S Spyder, P1, P1 GTR, 675LT, 675LT Spyder, 570S, 540C, and the up coming 570GT and Spyder.
But if we go by platform, then since 2011, McLaren only made variance of 1 car. However McLaren code name the different models is meaningless as they all shared the same platform. Porsche on the other hand has 5, rear engine 911, mid engine Cayman/Boxster, Cayenne, Panamera and the 918.
Expanding on that, and based on performance within the platform:
540C --> basic Carrera 2
570S/570S Spyder --> Carrera 2S/Carrera 2S cab (Porsche doesn't have a 570GT equivalent 911 variant)
12C/12C Spyder --> Carrera GTS/Carrera GTS cab
650S/650S Spyder --> Turbo/Turbo cab (or GT3 and the theoretical GT3 cab)
675LT/675LT Spyder --> Turbo S/Turbo S cab (or GT3RS and the theoretical GT3RS cab)
P1/P1 GTR --> GT2/GT2RS
Even Ferrari has 3.5 platforms, front engine V8, mid engine V8, and the 2 front engine V12 cars which share quite a bit of the front end, but the back end differs enough to almost call them separate platforms.
I said models, not variants. Of course there are a bunch of variants 5 years after production started. What model from any manufacturer doesn't have coupes, cabrios, and track variants 5 years into production?
12C stopped production very soon after 650S.
650S was available while P1 was for sale.
P1 sold out a long time ago and you can't buy them anymore.
650S is still available now and 570S is as well.
Next year 650S will be replaced leaving P14 and 570S as available models.
So like I said, they've never really had more than 2 model available for sale at any given time, and they don't replace them any sooner than anyone else. Most variants come after a year or so, which is normal these days. Coupe, Spider, maybe a year in between, then track car, then track car Spider. It's the normal pattern for exotics nowadays.
No one really cares about the definition of "platform." As long as the outside, inside, performance, and price are different, that's all that matters.