McLaren 650S, a £190,000 mid-engined coupé that’s capable of hitting 207mph. It will make its public debut at the Geneva show next month alongside a 650S Spider model.
The car is closely related to the 12C but is £20,000 more expensive and closer in styling to the recently launched £860,000 P1 hypercar. It also incorporates a basket of detailed revisions that improve performance in all areas but major on driver involvement.
changes are designed to counter criticism of the 12C from early owners,
and to incorporate relevant know-how gained from the P1, which is now
in its delivery phase.
McLaren's 650S gets more standard equipment than the 12C,
including lightweight forged alloy wheels, LED headlights, an Alcantara
interior, carbon-ceramic brakes, revised sat-nav and a DAB radio as
part of a sophisticated, screen-based audio system. The car also gets a
new, wider design of Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.
The 650S, whose
name reflects the enhanced output of its 3.8-litre turbo V8 in metric
horsepower, is likely to be portrayed widely as the 12C they’d like to
have built in the first place.
However, McLaren insists that the original model will stay in production at £170,000 and will find ready sales in markets where aggressive taxation swells ex-factory prices.
volume of the two cars is expected to stay at about 1200 units a year.
The big sales boost for McLaren will come after next year’s launch of a
£120,000 mid-engined McLaren, codenamed P13.
650S is instantly recognisable from its P1-style all-LED headlights and
other cues that are part of a new McLaren design style created under
chief designer Frank Stephenson. McLaren says that the 650S fulfils an
early promise made by group chairman Ron Dennis to launch a substantial
model every year. About 25 per cent of the 650S’s components are
different from those of the 12C.
Thanks to: Autocar