Oh boy is this fast.
Earlier this month, McLaren released its first official details on their upcoming 650S supercar that slots right in between the MP4-12C and the hybrid P1. While the initial details and specs were exciting, the new power and performance figures have us drooling over the newest supercar from Woking.
The twin-turbocharged M838T V-8 engine displacing 3.8 liters pushes out an impressive 641 horsepower (650 PS) at 7,250 RPM and 500 lb-ft. of torque at 6,000 RPM through a seven-speed SSG gearbox to the rear wheels, resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of 493 bhp/tonne. Armed with this potent powerplant, the McLaren 650S rockets to 62 mph in 3.0 seconds flat, 124 mph in 8.4 seconds, and does the standing quarter-mile in only 10.5 seconds at 139 mph. Top speed is pegged at 207 mph. The numbers are very impressive, and makes it a full second quicker to 124 mph than the iconic McLaren F1 and 0.6 seconds faster in the quarter-mile. The McLaren 650S is also a 0.5 seconds quicker to 124 mph than its little MP4-12C sibling as well.
“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.”
The other part of the story is the superb driving dynamics that are rooted in the DNA of the McLaren 650S. Active aerodynamics work constantly on the 650S to optimize downforce without increasing drag and improve airflow to essential components, to ensure maximum stability and performance. A set of carbon ceramic discs measuring 394 mm up front and 380 mm at the rear with forged aluminum hubs help bring the supercar to a halt in just 100 feet from 62 mph, 404 feet from 124 mph, and 889 feet from 186 mph. The hardcore brakes sit behind 650 lightweight alloy wheels measuring a staggered 8.5J x 19 up front and 11.0J x 20 at the rear wearing 235/35 R19 and 305/30 R20 Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
“The McLaren 650S represents 50 years of road and racing car know-how,” said 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.”
Instead of the get-down-to-business, stripped-out interior of other supercars in the same class, the McLaren 650S features a number of luxury features that offer up a sense of comfort while driving the supercar. The alcantara-trimmed cabin can be optioned with goodies such as fixed-back carbon fiber racing seats designed after the units in the P1, electronic steering column, rear parking backup camera, and carbon fiber trim pieces.
The new McLaren 650S Coupe will start at £ 195,250 while its Spider variant will start at £ 215,250. Both cars will be on display at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show on March 4th at Stand 1240, Hall 1.
McLaren 650 Specifications
Displacement: 3.8 liters / 3,799 cc
Number of Cylinders: V-8
Maximum Horsepower: 641 / 650 PS at 7,250 RPM
Maximum Torque: 500 lb-ft. / 678 Nm at 6,000 RPM
Type: Seven-speed SSG
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 3.0 seconds
Acceleration 0-124 mph: 8.4 seconds
Acceleration 0-186 mph: 25.4 seconds
Quarter-Mile Acceleration: 10.5 seconds at 139 mph
Top Speed: 207 mph
Braking 62-0 mph: 100 ft.
Braking 124-0 mph: 404 ft.
Braking 186-0 mph: 889 ft.
Wheels, Suspension, and Brakes:
Wheels: 650S lightweight alloy
Front Wheels: 8.5J x 19
Rear Wheels: 11.0J x 20
Tires: Pirelli PZero Corsa
Front Tires: 235/35 R19
Rear Tires: 305/30 R20
Front Brakes: 394mm Carbon Ceramic Discs with Forged Aluminum Hubs
Rear Brakes: 380 mm Carbon Ceramic Discs with Forged Aluminum Hubs
Suspension: ProActive Chassis Control
Type: Carbon Fiber MonoCell with Aluminum Front and Rear Frames
Wheelbase: 2670 mm
Track, F/R: 1656 mm / 1583 mm
Length: 4512 mm
Width: 2093 mm
Height: 1199 mm
Dry Weight: 1330 kg / 2932 lbs.
Active Aerodynamics: McLaren Airbrake