These are the first official images of the all-new McLaren 650S, which have been released ahead of the car’s public debut at the Geneva motor show next month.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the shape is a familiar one – in terms of styling, McLaren has played it safe, taking the rear end design from its 12C supercar and grafting it to a less aggressive version of the nose found on its brand new P1 hypercar.
The McLaren 650S will be capable of hitting 62mph in 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 207mph
Thankfully, under the skin there has been a raft of revisions to justify its £190,000 list price over the £176,000 charged for the 12C, with 25 per cent of the car being completely new. The 650S uses a modified version of the turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine, which now develops 641bhp.
And, coupled to an improved twin-clutch automatic gearbox, the 0-62mph time has been cut by 0.3 seconds from the 12C, now 3.0 seconds flat. The 650S will continue accelerating all the way to 207mph.
The 650S also gets more standard kit than the 12C, including forged alloy wheels, LED headlamps and carbon ceramic brakes. Inside, customers will benefit from an improved sat-nav and DAB digital radio, driven through a large central touchscreen.
The 650S will be unveiled in Geneva in both Coupe and convertible ‘Spider’ guises. The 12C will continue to be manufactured as it has greater appeal in markets where huge tax levies on new cars can swell list prices.
McLaren is also due to launch a new entry-level sports car, codenamed P13, which is likely to rival the Porsche 911 when it is released next year.
If you can’t wait that long, you can always search our classifieds for a used McLaren 12C here.
February 18, 2014