Introducing the McLaren 650S

McLaren 650S, a boring numeric name, for what will probably be one of the fastest new supercars of the year. This is said to be the hottest new car announced for this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

 

The McLaren 650S sits somewhere between the 12C and the and the $1.5 million P1 supercar. At it’s core, the 650S is a harder-edged version of the MP4-12C coupe and convertible. While gracing their newest car with the front of a P1 and the back of a 12C might feel like a lazy move, the McLaren 650S will hit the road with a whomping 641 horsepower, giving it a top speed of 207 mph and a 0-60 time under 3 seconds. With the P1 already sold out, the 650S is a nice second choice, if the 12C is not fast enough for your taste. While it might look like a normal MP4-12C from the rear, don’t let the looks fool you. This new supercar has an upgraded (25%) tech under the hood.

Carbon-Ceramic breaks are fitted as standard, and the aerodynamics are tuned for greater efficiency. The ride and suspension have also been given some extra attention, though McLaren has a good habit of not sacrificing overall usability. While having the same drag coefficient figure as the 12C, it’s using the air more efficiently; the air brake now deploys whenever the car senses extra down-force is advisable, rather than simply under braking or when manually operated. It also has a rear diffuser, similar to the 12C GT3’s, which result in 24% more downforce that in the 12C at 150 mph.

While all performance is aimed against Ferraris, the 650S still remains comfortable as a road car. McLaren’s active chassis control is the smartest of them all. The 650S also has satellite navigation, bluetooth, satellite radio (in North America) wireless tethering, audio streaming, and voice control as standard options. The P1’s fixed carbon bucket seats are optional. The 650S will be available in a Coupe and Spider, with retractable folding hard top.


The 650S is scheduled to debut on March 4th, 2014, at the Geneva Motor Show.



“Everything we’ve learned from the 12C and the McLaren P1 has gone into the design and development of the McLaren 650S”

-Mike Flewitt