The McLaren 650S is powered by a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged 3.8L V8 engine producing 641 hp. The only transmission available is a lightning fast twin-clutch 7-speed automatic, which sends power to the rear wheels only. While 641 hp sounds like a lot, it feels like even more, thanks to the carbon-fiber construction of the car and the resulting low curb weight. This combination of low weight, high horsepower and a quick-shifting dual clutch transmission allows for sprints to 60 mph in under 3 seconds. Astoundingly fast for a car that is rear-wheel drive.
The 650S is far from just a drag car though. Handling is even more impressive than straight line performance. The 650S has huge amounts of grip, noticeable downforce and the kind of delicate balance that can only be achieved with a mid-engined car. McLaren have even managed to tune the car to be relatively benign right up to and beyond the limits of grip. The performance is all there, but the car never feels like it wants to kill the driver or swap ends unexpectedly.
The 650S is sold in one of two variants, Coupe or Spider. The Spider features a 2-piece electronically operated folding hard top. It costs a little over $10,000 more than the coupe and though the folding top adds about 100 lbs of weight, McLaren claims that no chassis stiffness has been lost in the conversion, thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fiber in the cars construction.
The 650S comes with plenty of standard kit. Included in the base price are 19-inch and 20-inch staggered wheels, power folding mirrors, LED headlights, electronically controlled suspension with three different driving modes, a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and carbon-ceramic brakes. Optional items include a sports exhaust, height-adjustable suspension (for speed bumps and driveways) heated seats with a memory function, an upgraded sound system and steel brakes, which are a no cost option. Of course cars in this price range tend to be highly customizable, so unique interiors and exterior colors are available if the buyer is willing to pay a bit extra.
Available As A Convertible
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The 650S is a brand new model this year, though it's closely related to the MP4 12C and will replace that car. The 650S features a totally restyled front end, a more powerful engine and additional chassis tuning. The 650S is not only a faster car than the MP4 12C but a better handling car as well, thanks to revised suspension and improved aerodynamics.
The McLaren 650S starts at around $270,000 and while that's expensive, it's in such rarified company as the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Porsche 911 Turbo S. While all three are examples of intense automotive engineering, the McLaren claims the horsepower prize and the biggest head-turner. For those who want all three -- uncompromising speed, handling and looks -- the 650S is the one to buy, offering the kind of presence that can only be matched by million dollar hypercars.
Engine: 3.8L Twin-Turbocharged V8
Transmission: 7-Speed Dual Clutch Automated Manual -inc: Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG) w/Pre-Cog rocker gearshift controls, Using the Active Dynamics Panel situated in the center console of the 12C's cockpit, the characteristics of the SSG transmission can be switched through three different settings: Normal, Sport and Track modes, Each provide a progressive immediacy of gear shift, operated through finger-tip controls mounted on a rocker behind the 12C steering wheel: upshift by either pulling w/the right hand or pushing w/the left, and vice versa to downshift, 'Automatic' mode, 'Launch Control' and 'Winter' modes can also be selected on the Active Dynamics Panel, the latter changing all electronic functions to suit low grip conditions and delivering maximum driver aid and support
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, Pre-Cog Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls and Oil Cooler
3.30 Axle Ratio
Engine Oil Cooler
Premium Shock Absorbers
4-Corner Auto-Leveling Suspension
Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Sport Tuned Adaptive Suspension
Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
19 Gal. Fuel Tank
Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust
Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential
Wheels: Front 8.5" X 19"/Rear 11" X 20" 650S Silver Lightweight Forged Alloy
Tires: P235/35ZR19 Front & P305/30ZR20 Rear Pirelli P-Zero Corsa
Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Radio: Meridian Audio System -inc: four-speaker Meridian audio system, IRIS satellite navigation w/Bluetooth telephony, SIRIUS satellite radio, audio streaming and voice control, A second generation IRIS telematics system further simplifies vehicle commands, and reduces the number of switches and controls in the cabin
Radio w/Clock and Speed Compensated Volume Control
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