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McLaren to launch bespoke Asian model 625C

McLaren to launch bespoke Asian model 625C image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: McLaren Press | posted September 29, 2014 11:47

A derivative of the 650S model available worldwide

British automaker McLaren recently announced that they will introduce their first 'regionally tailored McLaren model' in this: the McLaren 625C. The car will be a polished and more affordable model of the globally-available 650S and is set to be unveiled at Hong Kong this year.

Specifically-made for the growing Asia market, the 625C (“Club") shares the exterior look and body dimensions of the 650S and will immediately be available in either Coupe or Spider body styling. Adjustments were made to the ProActive Chassis Control and suspension system, giving the car better road manners while still providing driving dynamics the original car became famous for. It does this by giving the car a softer spring rate at the rear during “Normal” driving mode and only stiffens the springs on “Sport” and “Track” modes.

Powering the 625C is the same 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 that has been detuned to create 625 PS at 7250 rpm with 610 Nm of torque at 3000-7000 rpm and is coupled to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. Despite the car having less power, it achieves the same top speed of the 650S at 333 km/h (329 for the Spider) along with the same carbon emissions of 275g per km. It will do the 0-100km/h time in just 3.1 seconds.

The car will be launched and be made available to Hong Kong this year and will spread to other Asia-Pacific markets in the next few months.