Sometimes an automaker reveals a car, in full, and that's the whole story. But sometimes things get dragged out a bit. The McLaren 650S falls in the latter category, which strikes us as a bit odd considering that it's essentially a massaged version of the existing MP4-12C. No matter, the news here remains impressive all the same.
The British racing team turned supercar constructor first announced the arrival of the 650S two weeks ago. A few days later, the first images and video footage leaked out. McLaren quickly released initial details and official photos the next day, but withheld certain information – key details like pricing, and, you know... how fast it can actually go. We still haven't seen the thing in person – that will come next week when the car is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show – but now McLaren has released official performance stats for its new supercar (along with a trio of new snapshots).
So just how quick is it? Well, for starters, it'll run the 0-62 mph sprint in three seconds flat and trip the quarter-mile lights in 10.5 seconds before topping out at 207 miles per hour. That's rather quick no matter how you slice it, but for context, McLaren points us to the car's 0-124 mph time, and how that compares to other cars it's made. At 8.4 seconds, it takes the 650S half a second less to reach that speed than the 12C upon which it's based – that means it's a full second quicker than the legendary McLaren F1. And that's no mean feat considering that, even twenty years later, McLaren's first road car is still the yardstick against which all other supercars are measured. Scope out the rest of the impressive stats in the press release below.
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- New McLaren 650S Coupe can accelerate 0-200km/h (0-124mph) in just 8.4 seconds
- Faster than rival 'stripped out' road racers, yet offers far superior comfort, refinement and equipment
- Available in Coupe and Spider variants from launch
As the first example of the McLaren 650S rolled off the line at the state-of-the-art McLaren Production Centre in Woking, McLaren Automotive has released performance numbers and confirmed pricing ahead of the global debut at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.
The latest addition to the McLaren range accelerates to 100km/h (62mph) from rest in just 3.0 seconds, and can reach 200km/h (124mph) in just 8.4 seconds. The standing quarter mile (400m) takes 10.5 seconds, and top speed is 333 km/h (207 mph). This performance puts the latest model from McLaren a full second quicker than the iconic McLaren F1 road car to 200 km/h, and 0.6 sec faster over the standing quarter mile, underlining its performance focus. This represents a sprint time to 200 km/h more than half a second quicker than the rapid 12C, which continues in production.
Optimised aerodynamics ensure that the performance of the McLaren 650S is accessible and increases driver engagement. Enhanced handling, high-speed balance and steering turn-in result from improved levels of downforce. 'Driving excitement is at the absolute heart of the McLaren 650S,' explains Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive. 'Of course the performance figures are important, and they help boost excitement. But they're only part of the story. This is a car that's about feel as well as measurement.'
Despite these impressive performance figures, more akin to a stripped out road racer, the McLaren 650S boasts a high level of luxury specification. Carbon ceramic brakes sit behind unique '650' lightweight alloy wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres, IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio in Europe (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control are all fitted as standard, and the cabin is trimmed in Alcantara. Enhanced levels of optional specification are also offered, including fixed-back carbon racing seats, based on the lightweight design found in the McLaren P1™, an electric steering column adjustment assists ingress and egress, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fibre throughout the interior.
The 'no compromise' McLaren 650S also performs efficiently, returning 24.2 mpg (11.7 l/100 km) on the EU combined cycle, and a CO2 figure of 275 g/km making it one of the most efficient models in class. This is testament to the drive by McLaren for continued improvement and class-leading efficiency.
'The McLaren 650S represents 50 years of road and racing car know-how,' comments Mike Flewitt. 'Everything we've learnt from the 12C and the McLaren P1™ has gone into this car, creating a car with the widest breadth of capabilities of any production supercar. It's also a new benchmark in pure driving excitement.'
The McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider make their global debuts on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 12.00 CET (11.00 GMT) on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.
TECHNICAL AND PERFORMANCE DATA
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION– McLaren 650S COUPE
|Drivetrain Layout||Longitudinal Mid-Engine, RWD||Track, F/R (mm)||1656 / 1583|
|Engine Configuration||V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc||Length (mm)||4512|
PS / rpm
|650 / 7250||Width (mm)||2093|
|Torque Nm / rpm||678 / 6000||Height (mm)||1199|
|Transmission||7 Speed SSG||Dry Weight (kg / lbs)||1330 / 2932|
|Body Structure||Carbon Fibre MonoCell with Aluminium Front and Rear Frames||Active Aerodynamics||McLaren Airbrake|
|Wheelbase (mm)||2670||Suspension||ProActive Chassis Control|
|Brakes||Carbon Ceramic Discs with Forged Aluminium Hubs (F 394mm/R 380mm)||ProActive Chassis Control modes||Normal / Sport / Track|
Pirelli P Zero Corsa 235/35 R19 /
Pirelli P Zero Corsa 305/30 R20
|Powertrain Modes||Winter / Normal / Sport / Track|
|Wheel Sizes (F/R)||19" x 8.5"J / 20" x 11" J|
|Fuel consumption (combined)||24.2 mpg|
|Power to weight (with lightweight options)||500 PS (493 bhp) /tonne|
|CO2/power||0.42 g/km per PS|
|Speed||Maximum speed (650S Spider)||333 km/h (207 mph)|
|Acceleration||0-100 kph (62 mph)||3.0 s*|
|0-200 kph (124 mph)||8.4 s*|
|0-300 kph (186 mph)||25.4 s*|
|0-400 m / ¼ mile||10.5 @ 224 km/h (139 mph)*|
|Braking||Braking||100-0 km/h 30.5 m (100 ft)|
|200-0 km/h 123 m (404 ft)|
|300-0 km/h 271 m (889 ft)|
*with standard-fit Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyre
All figures apply to a European specification McLaren 6505 Coupé