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McLaren’s new £170,000 supercar

Practically a facelift for McLaren’s first mid-engined supercar, the new McLaren 650S brings in technology and styling elements borrowed from the P1 hypercar.

Positioned above the 12C and transferring technology from the range-topping McLaren P1, the 650S’s statistics are breath-taking: 650PS, 678Nm, 0-62mph in 3.0 secs, 207mph… but they only tell half the story.

 McLaren 650S


McLaren 650S

Like every McLaren road car, a carbon fibre MonoCell sits at the core of the 650S.

Stiff, strong and incredibly light, the MonoCell provides a solid platform for optimum chassis dynamics, ultra-responsive steering and exceptional ride comfort. Three adaptive chassis modes specially tuned for the 650S exploit this duality: select Track and you’ll feel hardwired to the road surface; switch to Normal and you’ll be almost entirely isolated from it.

Positioned behind you for optimum weight distribution and thrilling dynamics, the acclaimed M838T engine combines 3.8 litres and twin-turbocharging technology to produce an astonishing 650PS at 7250rpm, while 95% of its 678Nm is spread from 3000-7000rpm. That means the 650S revs like a racing car but retains low-speed flexibility.

 McLaren 650S


McLaren 650S

This remarkable engine sends its power to the 650S’s rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with near instantaneous gearshifts. Pull the rocker shift paddle at full throttle and a new ‘inertia push’ function harnesses the engine’s torque for a feeling of positive acceleration throughout the shift. Change gear at part throttle and a fuel-cut punctuates the transition, adding an audible crispness. Whereas the Automatic mode ensures silky smooth shifts whatever your speed.

The 650S is priced at just under £170,000 and is available as both a coupe and a Spider convertible, which costs £20,000 more than the old 12C but comes with more equipment as standard, so McLaren say it’s better value.

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