McLaren head of product Jamie Corstorphine spoke to British magazine EVO about the firm's new mid-range 650S model.

McLaren head of product Jamie Corstorphine spoke to British magazine EVO about the firm's new mid-range 650S model.

The 650S is McLaren's third addition to the range and is positioned between the 12C and P1 as a direct competitor for the Ferrari 458 Speciale. Jamie Corstorphine says the 650S is considerably quicker in the straight line than the 12C is based on and at the same time it's also 40 percent more aerodynamic.

It has received basically the front fascia of the sold-out P1 and comes with unique lightweight five-spoke alloy wheels, door blades and larger side air intakes to better cool the uprated twin-turbo V8 3.8-liter engine which now delivers 650 HP (478 kW) and 500 lb-ft (677 Nm) of torque.

The back of the car has remained just about the same as on the 12C but with a slightly modified bumper, while on the inside there's a full Alcantara cabin offered as standard along with optional full carbon fiber racing seats and a carbon package which among others includes new door panels made from this lightweight material.

The McLaren 650S will be showcased at the beginning of next month during the 84th Geneva Motor Show.

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