Late last week, McLaren announced it will be bringing a new model to the Geneva Motor Show. Called the 650S, it's set to slot in between the 12C and P1 in Woking's supercar range. But before McLaren gets to unveil the new model, the first batch of photos – as well as a video walkaround – have leaked online.

What we seem to be looking at is an MP4-12C with revised styling to more closely resemble the P1. Which is a good thing, because to most eyes, the P1 is a far better-looking car than the 12C, whose appearance – finalized before design director Frank Stephenson arrived on the scene – has oft been derided as derivative. The 650S also features an updated interior, but best of all, it's said to pack more power: the name hints at a 650 metric horsepower (641 hp) output from what we can assume to be the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that powers the 12C (which currently offers 616 hp) and the P1 (727 hp before the 176 hp electric motor comes into play).

What remains to be seen at this point is whether the 650S you see here will eventually replace the 12C or continue alongside it indefinitely. The prevailing wisdom seems to be that McLaren will offer both and see how sales pan out. Scope it out in the (unfortunately grainy and low-res) leaked image gallery above and the walkaround video below, and watch this space for the official reveal.


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      Nathan
      • 10 Months Ago
      Ugly front end. I know this car is supposed to slot in between the P1 and MP4-12C but did they literally have to combine the design of both.
      sixsix
      • 10 Months Ago
      Seriously? This is what I was excited about. McLaren, I appreciate your engineering, it's superb. But can you please make one super radical, low and wide entry level supercar for us to drool over. (I'm thinking $600k range). And give us central driving position with an 80" body width.
      Ricky
      • 10 Months Ago
      And this year's laziest craftsmanship award goes to.... Mclaren -_-
      Indubitably
      • 10 Months Ago
      Its got its mothers ass and its fathers nose. Genetics are STRONG with this one.
      Serge
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm sure it'll be spectacular... but it looks like a GTA version of a McLaren :\
      Brian
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's unfortunate my love for McLaren has been taken down a notch after seeing this. This is a sad day :(
      JaredN
      • 10 Months Ago
      Does McLaren really need three different 2-seat, mid-engine sports cars?
      Feurig
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's ok. As like everyone else, I was hoping for a more creative design. This is absolute laziness. I don't see one design element that is brand new.
      Ricky
      • 10 Months Ago
      How can one possibly distinct the 650s of the three.. From the front: Ooo look, a P... -_- From the rear: Check it out, it's a MP4... Nevermind
      Nicholas
      • 10 Months Ago
      Slightly frightened. Where's the flow? Aggressive sharp edges of the MP4-12C do not mesh with the flowing organic design of the P1. Normally, I'm all for design contraversy as that means somebody took a risk, like the Jeep Cherokee, or the Ferrari FF shooting brake. This is the kind of contraversy that is caused by an absolute lack if creativity which in turn poses a risk to the McLaren faithful and to the company's road car future. I hope it shows better in person, because the performance is irrelevant in this class.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 10 Months Ago
      I don't know, the 12C works, the P1 works, but for some reason this does not look right, at least in the photos.
      Peter Karwowski
      • 10 Months Ago
      I love the MP4-12C and I think the P1 is absolutely flawless, but this is just terrible.
        Lachmund
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Peter Karwowski
        it's simply unworthy to just stick the P1 headlights on it and call it a new model.
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