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McLaren chases the 458 Speciale with the dynamic 650S

By Akram_saheed on 26 Feb 2014

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Based on the 12C super car, albeit with the face of the McLaren P1, McLaren Automotive expands its young lineup with the McLaren 650S - which would formally debut on the 4th of March, at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show.
 
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Like the 12C, the 650S is available either as a Coupe or a Spider with a retractable folding hard top. According to McLaren, the 650S promises to redefine the high-performance supercar segment, and has been designed and developed to provide the ultimate in driver engagement on both the road and the race track.
 
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The badge designation refers to the power output - 650PS - amounting to 641bhp - from the British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine, while 'S' stands for 'Sport'.
 
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Inspired by the McLaren P1, the front bumper and the better integrated front splitter contribute to increased levels of downforce, for a greater level of steering feeling and confidence to the driver on turn-in, while also adding to the agility and handling.
 
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A new design five-spoke lightweight forged '650S' alloy wheels are unique to the model, and are fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres for optimised road holding, handling and driver feedback. The bespoke 'MC1' branded tyres have been developed alongside the 650S by Pirelli.
 
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The McLaren Airbrake, now operates with a greater level of functionality providing increased stability. The newly developed system deploys the Airbrake when the car requires added downforce - instead of braking or when manually operated in 'Aero' mode. Below the Airbrake, a distinctive rear three-piece bumper, similar to the GT3 racing version of the 12C, compliments the aerodynamic shape of the McLaren 650S.
 
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Active aerodynamics featured on its stable of cars have been further developed and honed to ensure the ultimate performance and ability for the 650S.
 
Enhanced levels of specifications are also available as an added option. These include fixed-back carbon racing seats, an electric steering column adjustment, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fibre throughout the interior.

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The only sport Akram watches is Formula One and aims to visit every race in the F1 calendar in a single year. Looks like he's going to be a busy man.



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Matoonia Feb 26 2014 09:26 AM

Less than 3s to reach 100kmh. Quite a healthy production of 1k cars annually. Wonder how many will end up in our millionaires packed little island?

bellboy Feb 26 2014 10:40 AM

This looks like the replacement for the current 12C, and will probably look similar to the smaller P13 version which is coming next year. It looks better than the 12C, but I still can't get excited about the look of the current McLaren sports cars. They have the engineering and technology, but not the passion.

drivinghazard Feb 26 2014 11:02 AM

This looks like the replacement for the current 12C, and will probably look similar to the smaller P13 version which is coming next year. It looks better than the 12C, but I still can't get excited about the look of the current McLaren sports cars. They have the engineering and technology, but not the passion.

 

agree the car could do more in the looks department. I prefer sharper lines. But what do i know? I'm just a jelly keyboard warrior

dragonballdidi Feb 26 2014 03:13 PM

I like the maclaren Air Brakes. . .

 

A simple innovation yet so functional!

bahomet Feb 27 2014 10:25 AM

So McLaren now has three cars, all using the same platform, and all sharing a 3.8 turbo V8, plus or minus some hybrid hardware?

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