[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his year’s International Geneva Motor Show will see the return of McLaren Automotive with its fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful series-production supercar yet – the McLaren 650S. It joins the range as an additional model alongside the 12C and the sold-out McLaren P1.
[pull_quote_center]Everything we’ve learnt from the 12C and the McLaren P1 has gone into the design and development of the McLaren 650S.[/pull_quote_center]
Available as a fixed-head Coupé or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the McLaren 650S promises to redefine the high performance supercar segment. It has been designed and developed to provide the ultimate in driver engagement on the road and on the race track.
UNDER THE BONNET
The 650S badge designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp) – of the unique British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. S stands for Sport, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement.
Performance figures will be confirmed ahead of the Geneva Show but will improve on the already rapid 12C which continues on sale.
The design is inspired by the McLaren P1, previewing a new family design language. The front bumper gives the McLaren 650S a dramatic, yet clean appearance and sits below new LED headlamps which reflect a similar look to the McLaren P1.
The more integrated front splitter contributes to increased levels of downforce, giving a greater level of steering feeling and confidence to the driver on turn-in, while also adding to the agility and the car’s handling balance.
Unique door blades behind the front wheels direct air from the trailing edges of the front splitter, further benefiting front-end grip and vehicle balance.
Ride comfort and refinement are to executive saloon standards. The McLaren 650S models are equipped with IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control as standard, while also offering enhanced levels of optional specification than previously offered.
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.
[quote_box_center]The global reveal of the McLaren 650S Coupé and Spider will take place at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show on 4 March 2014 www.cars.mclaren.com [/quote_box_center]