Yesterday’s leaked photos, made McLaren release the official details and specs of its brand new 650S. Joining the range as an additional model alongside the 12C and the already sold-out McLaren P1, the 650S will be available as a fixed-head coupe or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, just like the 12C Spider.
As expected, the 650S is powered by the same 3.8-liter M838T twin turbo V8 found on the 12C and the P1, delivering 650 hp. Meanwhile the ‘S’ letter stands for ‘Sport’, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement. Unfortunately, McLaren did not release any performance figures for the 650S, but we do expect it to be faster than the “standard” 12C.
Regarding the design, the McLaren 650S is inspired by the P1 hypercar and features headlights that reflect a similar look to the P1, has a more integrated front splitter that helps to increased levels of downforce. Moreover, the 650S comes with unique door blades located behind the front wheels that direct air from the trailing edges of the front splitter.
The side intakes found behind the dihedral doors channel the air to the radiators, which help provide ‘Sport’, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement. The supercar features a new design five-spoke lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheel, unique to this model.
Wheels are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, but McLaren also offers the bespoke ‘MC1’ branded tyres that have been developed alongside the McLaren 650S by McLaren technology partner Pirelli, and offer strong performance in normal road conditions and on track. Just like the other McLaren models, the 650S comes with the well-known Airbrake that operates with a greater level of functionality providing increased stability.
The Airbrake automatically deploys whenever the car senses extra downforce is advisable – rather than simply under braking or when manually operated in ‘Aero’ mode. Below the Airbrake there is a distinctive rear three-piece bumper, similar to the GT3 racing version of the 12C. Inside, the vehicle was designed to be the best and most engaging driver’s car in its class.
All the McLaren 650S models are equipped as standard with IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control. 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.