McLaren 650S revealed ahead of Geneva debut

McLaren has revealed the 650S, that joins the 12C and sold-out McLaren P1 supercar.

The 650S looks basically like the 12C but has the front fascia taken from the sold-out P1 hybrid supercar. The 650S badge designation refers to 650 horsepower (641bhp), which is 25bhp more than in the 12C. Power comes from the familiar 3.8-litre V8-twin-turbo.

Performance specs will be announced next month in Geneva, though McLaren has already announced it will be faster than the 12C, going against the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

The 650S will be available as a fixed-head coupé or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, just like the 12C.

The aerodynamic performance of the McLaren 650S is as efficient as the 12C, boasting the same drag coefficient figure, but at 150mph, downforce levels are increased by 24 percent.

Other updates include updated ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) suspension system, with the ability to adjust the ride and handling modes – Normal / Sport / Track – in isolation from the drivetrain, which gives complete freedom in terms of ride and handling.

This clearly can’t be the new rumoured supercar that was meant to slot between the 12C and P1. What we have here is just a better looking 12C with more power.

And the naming? First MP4-12C, then P1, then just 12C and now 650S? This just doesn’t make much sense!


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