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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PERFORMANCE FIGURES ANNOUNCED FOR THE McLAREN 650S AHEAD OF GENEVA DEBUT
Feb 27, 2014

- 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

Engine

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
Tyres (F/R)

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

PERFORMANCE DATA

Efficiency CO2 275 g/km
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



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      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 9 Months Ago
      Get anal probed by police in 8.4 seconds
      wooootles
      • 9 Months Ago
      Fast, and I actually like how this turned out---gives a 12C some character. That said, McLaren's naming: (MP4-)12C 650S P1 And you thought BMW's naming convention was bad... these guys have 3 models and the names are all over the place!
      Lachmund
      • 9 Months Ago
      watched a video about it on EVO channel yesterday. This seems so much like an afterthought! I heard this marketing guy's bla bla and couldn't take it serious at all. I don't like this approach and I love the other two cars. I don't even like how they named it. They should have named it 12C-S or something which actually is what it is.
      imtoomuch1
      • 9 Months Ago
      You can go fast in something that looks like an already bland Audi RS8 was made even more boring by a Toyota redesign.
      waetherman
      • 9 Months Ago
      Maybe I just like round numbers, but it never makes sense to me when journos report 0-62 and 0-123 numbers. Just call it 0-100 and 0-200 kph and let people do the math, or don't publish the numbers at all. Doing so only encourages car companies to keep using that measurement system designed for simpletons.
        Brex
        • 9 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        Those numbers are odd because they are converting from km/hr, you know, like most of the rest of the world uses.
        SloopJohnB
        • 9 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        Not of course that anyone would use this car in ordinary useā€¦.
        SloopJohnB
        • 9 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        Further, a measurement in let's say, 'Biebers', to indicate how controllable the car is for ordinary, ok, sub-ordinary individuals. There are people (on TV yet) who can crash an Enzo going around a 90 corner in a short parade/processionā€¦.how tough is this car to live with in ordinary use? HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!
          waetherman
          • 9 Months Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          Biebers? Then I have to convert from Canadian?!
      Dan Murphy
      • 9 Months Ago
      I really like McLaren cars but they are very very awkward to get into and out of because of the super wide sill. These cars are trull sports cars with no apologies and no-getting-spanked by a mere sedan with extra muscle like an RS7. If I had the means, I don't think I'd pull the trigger for one.
      SloopJohnB
      • 9 Months Ago
      Sold. Send me one, Justin Bieber
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      Nice. Still think the 12C looks better though.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 9 Months Ago
      So?
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