McLaren Special Operations (MSO) introduces the 650S Limited Edition

Article by Christian A., on December 10, 2014

This year, the McLaren F1 GTR celebrates the 20th anniversary since it won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in order to mark this event, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) unveiled the 650S Limited Edition. This special vehicle will be manufactured in a limited edition of just 50 units and each unit will be inspired by the F1 GTR.

As a result, the 650S Special Edition comes with a new carbon fiber front splitter, MSO louvered front fenders, special Limited Edition MSO forged alloy wheels as well as new McLaren orange brake calipers.

Moreover, the vehicle gets a new MSO roof snorkel, carbon fiber MSO side blades and a unique MSO paint. The interior was upgraded too and the 650S Special Edition arrives with steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, unique branded floor mats, carbon fiber design elements, leather, Alcantara as well as unique seats featuring the centre in McLaren Orange Alcantara and branding to headrest.

There are no details regarding any engine improvements, which means we will find the standard 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, delivering 650 hp (478 kW) and 678 Nm (500 lb-ft) of torque.

The engine is able to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, to 200 km/h (62 mph) in 8.4 seconds, while top speed is 329 km/h or 204 mph. Despite these impressive numbers, fuel consumption is 24.2 mpg or 11.7 l/100 km on the EU combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 275 g/km.

During the 2014 Geneva Motor Show McLaren Automotive put on display what may be the most beautiful, best equipped, most engaging, and surely the fastest, series-production supercar. Dubbed as the McLaren 650S, it will now be part of the lineup that includes the 12C and even the McLaren P1, which has long been sold-out. This new model not only takes lessons from the two models mentioned but also includes knowledge spanning 50 years of competition in the highest of motorsport levels.

The brand will be offering this model as a Spider that comes with a retractable folding hard top or a coupé with a fixed roof. The 650S was both developed and designed to offer the best in driver engagement, whether on the road or even the racing circuit. No wonder McLaren is confident in saying that this model is sure to redefine the high performance supercar class.

Going back to the design of the 650S, it is clear that while the McLaren P1 serves as its inspiration, it also serves as a preview to the new design language of the range. Take the front bumper for example. It gives the model a clean but dramatic look. Under the bumper are the new headlamps which use LED and mirror a look much like that of the McLaren P1.

The front splitter is now more integrated and helps increase the levels of downforce. It also allows for a better feel in level of steering and gives the driver confidence during a turn-in. Not only that, it increases the handling balance and agility of this new model. At the back of the front wheels are the truly distinct blades that help channel air that is present from the front splitter’s trailing edges. As such, it enhances the vehicle balance and the front-end grip.

For those wondering, the 650S name refers to the model’s power output, specifically 650 PS or 641 bhp. This is made possible by putting in the British-built McLaren twin turbo M838T V8 engine. Meanwhile the “S” refers to “Sport,” which highlights the development and focus done to the drivability, engagement, handling, and transmission.

While the brand said that performance figures will be confirmed before the actual Geneva Show, it is projected to be an improvement on the 12C, which itself is also fast and still on sale. McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt shares that as what one can expect from McLaren, the new design was implemented with engineering reasons in mind. He adds that the front bumper has a new design which enhances steering turn-in and downforce. He also says that compared to previous models, the handling balance when running on high speeds is better. Finally, Flewitt reveals that by utilizing LED, the lights are able to last longer while using less power.

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