McLaren Reveals 650S Supercar Ahead of Geneva Motor Show

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Following yesterday's leaked info and press images of the 650S supercar, the so-called gap-filler of the huge void between your average 12C and the P1 has been revealed.
The model is based on the 12C but offers quite a few engineering improvements and adopts the front end design of the P1 hybrid limited-edition monster. The 650S boasts new wheels shod in Pirelli P Zero Corsa sticky tires, tweaked suspension spring rates, an updated ProActive Chassis Control system, bigger air intakes, a reduced drag coefficient and Alcantare trim for the dashboard. It's also available with one-piece carbon fiber tub seats similar to the ones in the P1.

It's a little bit like the DBS Aston Martin came out with in 2007, offering everything a rich buyer would want on the DB9 but couldn't get.

There's a lot of talk about the design of the car, but we only care about the official specs. Power is provided by a 3.8-liter V8 that's a little more keen to impress, offering 650 hp and 678 Nm of torque, a bump of 25hp and 78Nm (58 lb-ft) over the moel it's based on.

To give you an idea of what that means in pure performance terms, 0 to 100 km/h takes exactly 3 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than the 12C. That gap widens considerably when 0 to 200 km/h times are compared. There, the 650S is 0.5 seconds faster.

"As always with McLaren, the new design is there for good engineering reasons,' says McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. "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."

There will not only be a 650S coupe, like the one in these few photos McLaren has released, but also a Spider model. Both will be on display for all to see next month at the Geneva Motor Show, stating March 4th.
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