McLaren 650S Coupe: McLaren’s Middle Child (Performance Figures and Price) [Update]

McLaren 650S Coupe

[Update:

  • US pricing for the McLaren 650S Coupé starts at $265,500 and $280,225 for the McLaren 650S Spider.
  • McLaren 650S to make US debut during the 2014 New York Auto Show]

I know one thing for sure.  McLaren makes a kick-ass car.  The MP4-12C is probably the best car available under $300,000.  And, the McLaren P1 is nothing short of extraordinary, both in terms of performance and styling.  But, now… now there’s another McLaren… one that slots between the 12C and P1… one meant to battle the likes of the Lamborghini Aventador and Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.  It’s called the McLaren 650S and by all indications, it too is incredible.

McLaren 650S Coupe 1

Turning the Pirelli P Zero Corsa MC1 shod wheels is McLaren’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that’s been re-tuned.   So, that means the McLaren 650S produces 650 pferdestarkes (gesundheit!).  In horsepower, 650PS equates to 641 hp.  That’s a lot.  Add in the very aerodynamic body and the newly re-calibrated ProActive Chassis Control (that now lets the pilot separately adjust the engine and throttle response and the suspensions settings) and I would be shocked if the McLaren 650S doesn’t have a 0 to 60 mph time under 3 seconds.  My guess is 0-60 in 2.8 seconds.  But, that’s just a guess.

McLaren 650S Coupe 5

The McLaren 650S shares a lot by way of styling with the P1, but it’s not quite as bonkers.  That means an integrated front splitter, very dramatic McLaren logo-shaped LED headlights and huge, single-fin side scoops.  Out back, however, the 650S is all 12C, including the horizontal slats, integrated exhaust and adjustable spoiler (which actually is designed to deliver 24-percent more downforce).  It really does look like a cross between a MP4-12C and P1.

McLaren 650S Coupe Interior

Inside, the McLaren 650S looks like all the other McLarens.  Bucket racing seats, lots of carbon fiber, contrast stitching and a big, vertically-oriented center info screen dominate the interior.  McLaren will officially launch the 650S during the Geneva Motor Show next month.  Amazingly enough, they’ll be debuting both the McLaren 650S Coupé and 650S Spider simultaneously.  For more info, check out the press release below.

[UPDATE: McLaren has just released the performance figures for the McLaren 650S ahead of its official Geneva debut.  In a nutshell, we’re looking at 0 to 60 mph in about 2.8 seconds (We guessed right, BTW), 0 to 62 mph in 3.0 seconds (0-100 km/h), 0 to 124 mph (0-200 km/h) in 8.4 seconds (1 second quicker than the McLaren F1), a standing quarter-mile of 10.5 seconds (0.6 seconds ahead of the F1) and a top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h).  Oh yeah, and fuel efficiency is about 24.2 mpg combined (on the European Cycle)… wow.]

McLaren 650s Performance Specifications:

  • 0 to 60 mph: ~2.8 seconds
  • 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h): 3.0 seconds
  • 0 to 124 mph (0 to 200 km/h): 8.4 seconds
  • Standing 1/4-Mile: 10.5 seconds
  • Top Speed: 207 mph
  • Horsepower: 641 horse (650PS)
  • Engine: 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8

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Press Release

McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider Press Release

McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE RELEASES FIRST IMAGES OF THE 650S COUPÉ AHEAD OF GENEVA REVEAL

  • Designed and developed to give the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement
  • The McLaren 650S will offer the widest breadth of capabilities of any supercar
  • Coupéand Spider, with electrically retractable hardtop, to be available from Spring 2014 launch
  • Joins McLaren’s range of supercars above 12C, which continues on sale
  • Uniquely enhanced active aerodynamics and ProActive Chassis Control systems optimise the capabilities and usability

McLaren Automotive will return to the International Geneva Motor Show this year with its fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful series-production supercar yet.

The McLaren 650S joins the range as an additional model alongside the 12C and sold-out McLaren P1™, and learns from both models 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 on the race track.

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 McLaren P1™. 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.

‘As always with McLaren, the new design is there for good engineering reasons,’says McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt.  ‘The newly designed front bumper improves downforce and steering turn-in. The high speed handling balance is now even better. The LED lights use less power and last longer.

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 model, and are fitted with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres to offer optimised roadholding, handling and driver feedback – the bespoke ‘MC1’ branded tyres have been developed alongside the McLaren 650S by McLaren technology partner Pirelli, and offer strong performance in normal road conditions and on track.

The McLaren 650S builds on experience from success on the track, and groundbreaking technologies fitted to other McLaren models. Active aerodynamics, which feature on both the 12C and McLaren P1™, have been further developed and honed to ensure the ultimate performance and ability for the McLaren 650S. The McLaren Airbrake, originally fitted to the 12C and 12C Spider and designed to offer optimised levels of downforce on the rear of the car, now operates with a greater level of functionality providing increased stability.  The newly developed system means the Airbrake deploys whenever the car senses extra downforce is advisable – rather than simply under braking or when manually operated in ‘Aero’ mode. 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 / Track – in isolation from the drivetrain, which gives complete freedom in terms of ride and handling. These settings, for both powertrain and suspension, have been recalibrated to improve driver engagement. The updates are especially noticeable in Sport mode.

‘McLaren is a fast moving company, continually striving for improvements and technical advantages. We are always seeking to innovate, to be the class leaders, to bring new technologies and thinking to market. That’s our Formula 1 heritage shining through,’ explains Mike Flewitt. ‘Everything we’ve learnt from the 12C and the McLaren P1™ has gone into the design and development of the McLaren 650S.’

The McLaren 650S is designed to be the best and most engaging driver’s car in its class, yet it is not a stripped out road racer. Ride comfort and refinement are to executive saloon standards. The McLaren 650S models are 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, based on the lightweight design found in the McLaren P1™, an electric steering column adjustment assisting ingress and egress, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fibre throughout the interior.

The global reveal of the McLaren 650S Coupé and Spider will take place on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 12.00CET (11.00GMT) on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.

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Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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