A closer look at the new McLaren 650S
Latest series-production supercar to be introduced to the Middle East by the British carmaker
McLaren Automotive this week introduced its latest series-production supercar to the Middle East. The McLaren 650S joins the range as an additional model alongside the 12C and sold-out McLaren P1. Offered in both fixed-head Coupé or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the 650S badge refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp), - of the British-built M838T twin-turbo V8 engine. The new look follows the McLaren design ethos of ‘form follows function’ as \nside intakes direct air into the radiators to cool the 3.8-litre twin-turbo M838T V8 engine, maximum torque produced is 678Nm (500 lb ft). The car uses a Formula 1 inspired carbon fibre chassis. Weighing 75kg, the MonoCell forms the centre of the McLaren 650S and offers advantages in weight, torsional rigidity, durability and safety. Boasting an extensive specification list and extra features, the McLaren 650S weighs just 1330kg (dry) – 6kg lighter than the 12C. 0-100km/h (62mph) acceleration takes 3.0 seconds, 0-200km/h (124mph) takes just 8.4 seconds, for the Spider 8.6 seconds. Maximum speed is 333km/h (207mph) for the Coupé and 329 km/h (204mph) for the Spider. Other technologies with links back to the company’s Formula 1 rich heritage include full wishbone suspension, mid-engine architecture, Brake Steer for enhanced agility, carbon ceramic disc brakes (standard on the McLaren 650S) and active aerodynamics. McLaren boasts that the 650S is one of the most efficient models in its class, returning 24.2 mpg (11.7 l/100km)on the EU combined cycle, and a CO2 figure of 275g/km. Under hard acceleration in ‘Track’ mode, the McLaren 650S features ‘inertia push’, which harnesses the built up kinetic energy to deliver an impulse of torque as the next gear is engaged. This approach delivers the next gear before the engine speed has dropped, resulting in continual strong acceleration, with no drop in the rate of acceleration as the driver upshifts. A newlight weight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheel is fitted as standard, which results in a 6kg weight reduction over the standard cast wheel design on the 12C. As standard, the interior is trimmed in lightweight Alcantara, while full leather is available. These materials extend to include the full headlining, while contrast colour stitching is also available. "McLaren is an engineering led company, and we’re proud of that," says McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. "The new design gives important engineering and driver benefits. Yet it’s not just about improving the numbers. The McLaren 650S also dials up the design drama and driving excitement." The McLaren 650S Coupe is priced from $287,260 and the 650S Spider is priced from $318,082.