The McLaren 650S Coupé and 650S Spider can now be availed across 15 retail locations in the United States (13) and Canada (2). The newest retails stores -- McLaren Atlanta, McLaren Scottsdale, McLaren Washington DC and McLaren Vancouver -- opened in the past six months demonstrate the growth of the brand in North America.
The 2015 McLaren 650S Coupé and 650S Spider have starting prices of US$265,500 and US$280,225, respectively, in the US. The 650S Coupé and 650S Spider have starting price of CA$287,000 and CAD305,500, respectively, in Canada. The 650S could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, and reach 100 mph in just 5.7 seconds.
The 650s could travel a quarter mile in just 10.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 207 mph, in Coupé form. This means that the latest McLaren 650S is 0.6 sec faster than the iconic McLaren F1 road car during a standing quarter mile, and is a full second quicker to 124 mph. McLaren optimized the McLaren 650S’s aerodynamics to ensure heightened driver engagement.
Improved levels of downforce also gave rise to improved handling, high-speed balance and steering turn-in. Mike Flewitt, chief executive of McLaren Automotive remarked that “driving excitement is at the absolute heart of the McLaren 650S,” noting that performance figures are only part of the story since the car is also about feel and measurement.
The McLaren 650S featues standard equipment like carbon ceramic brakes, ‘650’ lightweight alloy wheels and shod, Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. The interior features a fully trimmed cabin in lightweight Alcantara and IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth connectivity.
It also features SIRIUS satellite radio (North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control. Coming as options are fixed-back carbon racing seats, an electric steering column adjustment, a rear parking camera and an extended carbon fiber throughout the interior.
Mike Flewitt, chief executive of McLaren Automotive, remarked that as always, the design of the new 650S is backed by sound engineering reasons. He remarked that its downforce and steering turn-in have been improved thanks to the newly designed front bumper while its high-speed handling balance has been enhanced. Moreover, the car employs LED lights that aren’t just more efficient but are also more durable.
New 650S features distinct side intakes located behind the dihedral doors, sending air to the radiators that in turn cool down the mid-mounted, compact engine. Furthermore, the new vehicle rides on newly designed five-spoke lightweight forged '650S' alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. These bespoke 'MC1' branded tires were developed alongside the McLaren 650S by Pirelli – a McLaren technology partner – to deliver strong performance both on the road and on track.
In creating the new 650S, McLaren 650S built on its experience from the track as well as from innovative technologies found in other McLaren models. For example, active aerodynamics from both the 12C and McLaren P1 were further developed to provide the McLaren 650S with great levels of performance and ability. The new 650S is fitted with the so-called McLaren Airbrake found on the 12C and 12C Spider.
Designed to deliver optimal levels of downforce on the rear of the 650S, the Airbrake could be deployed whenever the vehicle detects that there is a need for extra downforce instead of engaging under braking. The Airbrake could also be deployed when the car is manually operated in 'Aero' mode. A characteristic rear three-piece bumper – just like on the 12C GT3 racing variant – is located below the Airbrake and complements the aerodynamic shape of the 650S.