|For this year’s Geneva Motor Show, McLaren previews its fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful series-production supercar yet: the 650S. (click to enlarge)|
The McLaren 650S joins the range as an additional variant alongside the 12C and sold-out McLaren P1, and learns from both variants as well as 50 years of competing in the highest levels of motorsport. 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 the race track.
McLaren 650S; British-built Supercar that underlines handling and driver engagement
The 650S badge designation refers to the power output, 650PS (641 bhp), of the unique British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. ‘S’ stands for ‘Sport’, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement. Performance figures will be confirmed ahead of the Geneva Show but will improve on the already rapid 12C which continues on sale.
The design is inspired by the McLaren P1, previewing a new family design language. The front bumper gives the McLaren 650S a dramatic, yet clean appearance and sits below new LED headlamps which reflect a similar look to the P1. 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. 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.
The aerodynamic performance of the McLaren 650S is as efficient as the 12C, boasting the same drag coefficient figure, yet the air is being worked harder and more efficiently as it flows over, and through, the functional bodywork. At 150 mph, downforce levels are increased by 24 percent.
Unique side intakes behind the dihedral doors feed large, efficiently packaged, radiators which help provide the cooling requirements of the mid-mounted, compact engine. A new design five-spoke lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheel is unique to the variant, and are fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsas to offer optimized roadholding, handling and driver feedback. Active aerodynamics have been further developed and honed to ensure the ultimate performance and ability for the McLaren 650S, while McLaren Airbrake which deploys when car senses extra downforce, provides optimized levels of downforce on the rear of the car. Below the Airbrake, a distinctive rear three-piece bumper, similar to the GT3 racing version of the 12C, compliments the aerodynamic shaping of the McLaren 650S.
The pioneering ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) suspension system, developed by McLaren, has been further enhanced for the McLaren 650S. A feature of the system is the ability to adjust the ride and handling modes: Normal, Sport and Track.
McLaren 650S interior amenities and more
The McLaren 650S is equipped with IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control as standard, while also offering enhanced levels of optional specification than previously offered. Options include fixed-back carbon racing seats, an electric steering column adjustment assisting ingress and egress, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fiber throughout the interior.