McLaren Releases Images, Details on all-new 650S Supercar
The rumors had been swirling. Talk was of a replacement for the hot McLaren PM4-12C. It was said that performance would be up, and the appearance would move closer to that of the range-topping P1. Well it appears that replacement has come in the form of the McLaren 650S– a faster, costlier, and more ostentatious version of the 12C. The 650S takes the idea of a “mid-cycle refresh” to new heights. It costs £120,000 ($200,566), and though the 650S is closely based on the MP4-12C, its outward appearance has been drastically revised. It also costs £20,000 ($33,427) more than the 12C. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 McLaren 650S
Then there's the improvement in performance. The 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 is carried over, but is now tuned to put out 641 horsepower (or 650ps)– 25 more horses than in the 12C. It has a claimed top speed of 207 mph and will get from 0-60 in just 3 seconds.
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Strangely, the MP4-12C will soldier on, as McLaren claims the 12C will continue to have demand in certain markets around the world. This will put the 650S below the P1 hypercar, but above the 12C as well as the forthcoming base supercar– codenamed P13. This makes the 650 a relative competitor to the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
How do you feel about the look of the 650S? Was the 12C just fine the way it was? McLaren says that it was responding to customer feedback, as well as employing lessons from developing the P1 when it made the 650S (which will make its auto show debut in Geneva in March), so we’ll see how customers respond to this all new McLaren supercar.
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