McLaren 650S Spider was unveiled at the Geneva motor show. Mechanically identical to the McLaren 650S, the Spider costs £215,250 and has a solid folding roof, just like the 12C Spider.
weighs only 40kg more than the coupé but offers near-identical
performance, zero to 62mph taking 3.0sec and 0-100mph taking an F1-demolishing 5.7sec (we recorded 6.3sec in the old timer when we road tested it in 1994).
Top speed is the far side of 200mph while emissions and economy are actually a touch better than in the 12C – impressive considering the gains in both power and torque.
As many as 25 per cent of the parts are new compared with the McLaren 12C Spider.
Carbon ceramic brakes become standard fitment, the seven-speed
dual-clutch automatic gearbox has been tweaked to deliver more
responsiveness and so has the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine, which now
produces 641bhp and 500lb ft of torque between 3000-7000rpm.
most important of all, claims McLaren, the character of the car has
become considerably more hardcore, without levels of refinement being
As such, there's more engine noise than in
the 12C, the brakes have more feel (particularly under light loads),
the suspension is more urgent in its response and turn-in is
considerably more incisive as a result, says McLaren. There's also the
option of new sports seats, which are lifted virtually unchanged out of
McLaren says that, despite obvious comparisons, the 650S coupé and Spider aren't direct rivals for the Ferrari 458 Speciale as the car isn't intended to be quite as focused.
Thanks to: Autocar