Geneva: McLaren 650S Goes Topless for the Crowd
The McLaren 650S is the new middle child in the McLaren family– slotting in between the 12C supercar and P1 hypercar. In fact, they essentially melded the two together to form one all-new sporty supercar. But looks aside, the 650S is a performance car through and through — and oddly enough, McLaren is already showing off a convertible variant in Geneva. While the 650S Coupe is one of the freshest supercars around, McLaren already decided it would already unveil the drop top version in front of the motoring press at Geneva. The 650S Spider — as it’s called — comes with the same 641-horsepower twin-turbo V8, and most of the same looks as its coupe counterpart. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 McLaren 650S Coupe
Like the 12C, the 650S Spider puts to use an electronically folding hard top, to which McLaren raves, can raised or lowered in only 17 seconds. Another feature is the heated glass rear window acting separately from the removable top. This extra glass can as a wind deflector at high speeds.
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So what gives with the timing? Typically, a coupe version of a supercar comes out first, and the convertible rolls out weeks or months later (Jaguar did this in reverse with the F-Type). Well, of all the McLaren 12Cs sold, about 80 percent of them were convertibles. McLaren is still growing, and would like to take advantage of this obvious model preference as soon as possible. We're impressed that McLaren had enough time to build both versions of the car, which are on display right now in Geneva. Both versions of the 650S should go on sale near the end of the year.
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