Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: McLaren Press | posted February 18, 2014 09:29
The McLaren 650S offers the best of the P1 and the 12C including the comforts of an executive saloon.
Official images of the McLaren 650S have been revealed ahead of its global debut in Geneva next week. McLaren Automotive calls their new offering the 'fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful series-production supercar yet.'
The new 650S will be available as a fixed-head coupé or as a Spider, carries 50 years of supercar heritage and promises to offer the 'widest breadth of capabilities of any supercar' and the best in terms of luxury and driving dynamics.
Powering the 650S will be a mid-mounted British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine outputting 650 PS, which aptly represents the 650S badge. McLaren has concentrated on improving handling, transmission, drivability and engagement, promising better performance figures than the 12C.
The front bumper gives it "a dramatic, yet clean appearance" according to McLaren while increased levels of downforce are created by the integrated front splitter while also adding agility and balance.
According to McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt, "the new design is there for good engineering reasons. The newly designed front bumper improves downforce and steering turn-in. The high speed handling balance is now even better. The LED lights use less power and last longer."
The McLaren 650S sports a new design five-spoke lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheel and is fitted with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres, which were developed by Pirelli specifically for the 650S, offers ‘strong performance in normal road conditions and on track.’
McLaren fitted the 650S witb a ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) suspension system that offers Normal, Sport and Track ride and handling modes separate from the drivetrain.
"McLaren is a fast moving company, continually striving for improvements and technical advantages. We are always seeking to innovate, to be the class leaders, to bring new technologies and thinking to market. That’s our Formula 1 heritage shining through. Everything we’ve learnt from the 12C and the McLaren P1™ has gone into the design and development of the McLaren 650S," explains Mike Flewitt.
The global reveal of the McLaren 650S Coupé and Spider is on March 4, 2014 at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.