McLaren said the ‘S’ in its newly announced McLaren 650S stands for ‘Sport’, which is kind of redundant to a McLaren especially when this new sexy beast coming from the British motorsport specialist has 650PS (641 hp) under the hood. 640 ponies. that is a lot of power by any car standard, so sport or not, this is going to be one heck of a speed demon. based on the 12C, the 650S will join as an additional model alongside the 12C and the sold-out McLaren P1, and will be available as a coupe, as well as a hardtop convertible. performance figures coming from the retuned M838T twin turbo V8 engine-equipped exotic supercar are not available, but according to the Woking folks, these figures “will be confirmed ahead of the Geneva Show.” as a head up, the folks at McLaren said that it will be faster than then 12C which, for your information, will still continue to be sold. so, no. the 650S is not a replacement for the 12C.
the new 650S features several improvements over the 12C including a P1-inspired front end with a more integrated front splitter, new LED headlamps, unique side intakes, new design five-spoke lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheels (wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires), an optimized McLaren Airbrake (first seen in the 12C) for improved downforce on the rear, a 12C GT3 race car-inspired rear three-piece bumper, and ProActive Chassis Control suspension system for ride and handling adjustment independent of drivetrain. the ‘enhancements’ extend to the cabin where you will find ride comfort and refinement typically found on executive sedan, including satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, digital radio, wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control.
no word on when this new supercar will hit the showrooms, neither was pricing indicated, but for those lucky to be at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show, happening next month, you can catch both the McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider in person at Stand 1240 Hall 1 at the Palexpo. have a few more look after the break.
UPDATE [February 28, 2014; 07:30AM PST] the official numbers are in. first the price tags: price for the 650s Coupe starts at £195,250, with the 650S Spider starting at £215,250. as for performance, it will be a 10.5 seconds car… for standing quarter mile sprint and takes 8.3 seconds to… make 0-200 km/h (124 mph) (we almost got you, didn’t we?) and naught to the century mark (62 mph) takes 3 seconds flat. impressed? why wouldn’t you? after all, it is a tad or half a tad quicker than the iconic McLaren F1 and the 12C, plus it has a mind-bending top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph).
UPDATE 2 [March 05, 2014; 07:00AM PST] images of the drop-top version aka the Spider is out. check it out in the image gallery below. performance is on par with the hard top variant, well, just that the Spider is tad ‘slower’ at 329 km/h (204 mph). just a tad.