Friday Photo – McLaren 650S

After the madness of the P1 comes the next road car from Woking, set to sit above the MP4-12C in both price and performance.

McLaren 650S 001

Ahead of the full launch at the Geneva Motor Show next week, McLaren has now confirmed the details of its latest supercar the 650S. Making use of the same basic carbon fibre chassis and twin-turbo 3.8 litre V8 as the MP4-12C, the 650S gains styling details taken from the P1 hyper car. That V8 engine has its power increased to 650 PS (hence the name) and 500 lb-ft of torque, which is quite something in a car that has a dry weight of only 1,199 kgs!

McLaren 650S 002

Performance is suitably astonishing; with 0-62 mph achieved in 3.0 seconds dead, 124 mph coming up in 8.4 seconds and 186 mph hit in 25.4 s. Top speed is a pleasingly OCD 333 km/h or 207 mph. Braking through carbon ceramic discs is equally impressive, hauling the 650S down from 124 mph to zero in just 123 metres. Whilst fuel economy is rarely a concern in a supercar, at least the 650S driver can have all that power lay slightly less on their conscious, with an official combined 24.2 mpg.

Pricing is set to start at £195,250, with the 650S Spider convertible beginning at £215,250. Standard specification includes lightweight alloy wheels, satellite navigation with Bluetooth connection, DAB digital radio and a cabin trimmed in Alcantara. This certainly isn’t a stripped out special. More details following the full launch on Tuesday 4th March.

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