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McLaren reveals new 650S Coupe


McLaren has revealed its new 650S Coupe, a new model in the range which is closely related to the 12C, but has new design, engine and performance upgrades.

The new model is £20,000 more expensive than the 12C at £195,000 for the 605S Coupe. McLaren is also producing a Spider version priced at approximately £215,000.

McLaren has revamped the 12C with 25% new parts to create the 650S. Its engine has been upgrade and it features a transmission, suspension, brakes, electronics and aerodynamics overhaul.

The 650S is powered by a 641bhp 3.8-litre V8 which has received a 25bhp increase over the 12C. Peak torque, which surges in from 3000 to 7000rpm, climbs from 443lb ft to 500lb ft.

The 0-62mph time has been reduced to 3.0 seconds and the 0-124mph time has been reduced to 8.4 seconds. The top speed is still 207mph.

The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission shifts more quickly, and there are other tweaks to enhance performance and driver enjoyment.

Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive chief executive, said: “As always with McLaren, the new design is there for good engineering reasons.

“The newly designed front bumper improves downforce and steering turn-in. The high speed handling balance is now even better. The LED lights use less power and last longer.”

“Everything we’ve learnt from the 12C and the McLaren P1™ has gone into the design and development of the McLaren 650S.”

The 650S will feature IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio, wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control as standard, while also offering enhanced levels of optional specification than previously offered.

Options include fixed-back carbon racing seats, based on the McLaren P1, an electric steering column adjustment assisting ingress and egress, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fibre throughout the interior.

McLaren says the 12C will continue to be produced alongside the 650S and P1. The super car brand will also be launching its P13 model next year, a rival to the Porsche 911 which is expected to deliver higher volumes for the brand.

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