|McLaren Kuala Lumpur today brought forth its third Supercar variant for the domestic market, the new 650S. It was just in September last year that Sime Darby Auto Britannia (McLaren KL) had introduced the MP4-12C, and soon after came the McLaren P1; which had since sold out around the globe.|
Available as a fixed-head Coupé or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the McLaren 650S promises to redefine the high performance Supercar segment, and has been designed and developed to provide the ultimate in driver engagement on the road and track.
McLaren 650S is third Supercar to join the Auto Britannia family
The 650S (Sport) badge designation refers to the Supercar’s power output, 650PS (641 bhp). The 650S takes up the P1’s dynamic motifs, spearheaded by the recognizable front bumper that sits below the new LED headlights. Then, there’s the bonnet with a new McLaren badge that’s inspired by the emblem fitted on the McLaren F1. Further, the more integrated front splitter contributes to increased levels of downforce, giving a greater level of steering feeling and confidence to the driver on turn-in, while also adding to the agility and the car’s handling balance. At the side, unique door blades behind the front wheels direct air from the trailing edges of the front splitter, further benefiting front-end grip and vehicle balance. A new design five-spoke lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheels, 19-inch fronts and 20-inch rears, are unique to the variant and fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsas. From the rear, the Supercar has been designed to optimize aerodynamics, with a 12C GT3-inspired 3-piece bumper.
As a car developed to drive fast and for track purposes, the 650S has the ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) suspension system to enable three drive modes: Normal, Sport and Track.
On the inside, the 650S is equipped with electric and heated seats, an electric steering column adjustment, Meridian high-end performance speakers, a rear parking camera with sensors and extended carbon fiber trimmings in the cabin, dual-zone a/c, as well as full list and other optional equipment certified by McLaren KL.
With a 3.8-liter twin-turbo powerplant, the 650S does 641 hp and 678 Nm of torque and achieves a 0 – 100km/h in 3.0 secs flat. Top speed reaches an unprecedented 333 km/h, according to McLaren KL. All thanks to re-designed new pistons and cylinder heads, new exhaust valves, re-worked camshaft timings and optimized cooling circuits. Additionally, the car has gone lighter with the use of a single piece constructed carbon fiber tub as the chassis; in other words, the McLaren 650S has an incredible total dry weight of a mere 1,330kg for Coupe and 1,370kg for Spider.
McLaren Kuala Lumpur is currently accepting orders for the McLaren 650S which retails at an estimated RM 2.4 million for the Coupe and 2.6 million for the Spider version. All McLarens in Malaysia have access to the McLaren Kuala Lumpur Service Center at Temasya Industrial Park, Glenmarie. The Service Center has a fully-equipped workshop where the employees have been professionally trained at the McLaren Technology Center (MTC) in Woking, Surrey (UK).
McLaren 650S Specifications
Engine capacity: M838T, 3.8cc, 90° V8
Technology: Twin turbo, dry sump
Valvetrain: 32 valve, DOHC, VVT
Max rpm: 8,500
Power: 650 PS (641 bhp) (478 kW) @ 7,250 rpm
Torque: 678 Nm (500 lb ft) @ 6,000 rpm
Transmission: 7- speed Seamless Shift dual clutch Gearbox (SSG)
Fuel Consumption: 24.2 mpg: 11.7 l/100 km (combined)
CO2: 275 g/km
Suspension: Type ProActive Chassis Control
Wheels: 8.5″ x 19″ / 11″ x 20″ (F/R)
Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Corsa 235/35 R19 (F)/ 305/30 R20 (R)
Maximum Speed: 333 kph (207 mph), 0-100 kph 3.0 s, 100-0 kph 30.5 m
Differential: Open differential with Brake Steer
Driver Aids: ABS, Traction control, ESC, Launch control