McLaren Automotive has released the first batch of images and information of its later supercar, the McLaren 650S, ahead of its official debut the upcoming 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The supercar gets its name as a nod to its power output figure of 650PS and the model will be shown in both the Coupe or the in the Spider avatar with a retractable folding hard-top.
The 650S supercar has now expanded McLaren’s range to a total of four cars after the 12C Coupe, 12C Spyder and the P1. The 650S is based on the 12C but takes lessons from the P1 project to make it powerful and lethal. Power from the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine has been bumped up by 25PS to 650PS, while the torque has shot up from 600Nm to 678Nm. The 0 to 100 kmph mark is achieve d in 3.0 second, with a top speed of 334 kmph.
Although the 650S has taken design cues from the 12C, the new supercar has got a new P1-inspired front end, complete with full LED headlights. A new bumper incorporated allows for an improved splitter whose additional downforce improves turn-in steering feel. The blades behind the doors are unique, as is the GT3-inspired three-piece rear bumper and, although the shape is just as slippery through the air as the 12C, the 650S actually generates 24% more downforce. There are special 650S five-spoke forged alloys; not only that, Pirelli has also developed a special P Zero Corsa tyre, branded ‘MC1’, for the 650S. Other improvements over the 12C include a rear Airbrake that pops up whenever the car reckons more downforce would be advantageous – on the 12C, it only rises under braking.
The McLaren 650S in Coupe and Spider forms will be presented in flesh next month. The British automaker will make more specs and details available then.