McLaren announced a new model for the Geneva Motor Show the 650S, the 650S is set to slide in to the lineup between the MP4-12C Supercar and the P1 Hypercar. What we have seen from the photos ahead of the launch is a production model based on the current MP4- 12C with revised styling to more closely mirror the P1.
The 650S also features more power: the name hints at a 650 metric horsepower (641 hp) from the 3.8-British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine that powers the MP4-12C. Other upgrades are reputed to include an updated interior, improved aerodynamics that translate to 24% more downforce than the MP4-12C at 150 mph, upgraded suspension, different brakes and adjustments to the car’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
‘As always with McLaren, the new design is there for good engineering reasons,’ says McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. ‘The newly designed front bumper improves downforce and steering turn-in. The high speed handling balance is now even better. The LED lights use less power and last longer.’
A new five-spoke lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheel is unique to the model. The 650S features bespoke ‘MC1’ branded tires, which have been developed alongside the McLaren 650S by McLaren’s technology partner Pirelli.
‘McLaren is a fast moving company, continually striving for improvements and technical advantages. We are always seeking to innovate, to be the class leaders, to bring new technologies and thinking to market. That’s our Formula 1 heritage shining through,’ explains Mike Flewitt. ‘Everything we’ve learnt from the 12C and the McLaren P1™ has gone into the design and development of the McLaren 650S.’
The McLaren 650S is designed to be the best and most engaging driver’s car in its class, yet it is not a stripped out road racer. Ride comfort and refinement are to executive saloon standards. New options include the carbon fiber seats from the McLaren P1, which would serve to help cut the new 650S’ kerb weight fractionally from the MP4 12C.
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