In an entirely unexpected turn of events, McLaren has showed two new cars at the Geneva Motor Show the 650S and the 650S Spider. Positioned between the MP4-12C and the P1, the McLaren 650S has 650 hp and the ability to hit 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. The Spider will hit 204mph flat out, while the Coupe can nudge the needle to 207mph.
The retractable hard top on the Spider is quick too, opening in just 17 seconds. McLaren also say the carbon fiber chassis requires no additional strengthening or reinforcing, though it does get a slight weight increase of 90 pounds, over the Coupe.
The 650S badge designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp), while the ‘S’ stands for ‘Sport’, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement. The maximum power figure ensures the best power-to-weight ratio in its class, at 500PS (493 bhp) per tonne.
Says Mike Flewitt: ‘The McLaren 650S is a multi-purpose, high performance sports car, and is thrilling to drive. No other series-production sports car on sale today offers such a breadth of capabilities. Maximum driver appeal, and driver engagement, is at the heart of this car, as it is with all McLarens. Yet unlike some rivals, the McLaren 650S is not a stripped-out racer. It is faster than many other ultra-sports car rivals, yet there is no compromise in luxury. It has all the refinement and comfort you would expect from McLaren, and all the power and excitement as well. Many McLaren owners do use their cars every day, and frequently drive hard on track days. The McLaren 650S is designed for both. It really is a no compromise option.’