McLaren has officially unveiled the brand new 650S supercar, ahead of its public debut, which has been scheduled for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, next month.
After it has leaked in the first images just a day before writing this article, the McLaren 650S is being placed into the spotlights once again, this time with the British based automaker officially unveiling it. The McLaren 650S is a brand new supercar which is said to slot between the current MP4-12C and P1 but some rumors are saying that this might actually become the official replacement for the MP4-12C.
“McLaren is a fast moving company, continually striving for improvements and technical advantages. We are always seeking to innovate, to be the class leaders, to bring new technologies and thinking to market. That’s our Formula 1 heritage shining through. Everything we’ve learnt from the 12C and the McLaren P1™ has gone into the design and development of the McLaren 650S”, said Mike Flewitt, the McLaren automotive CEO.
In terms of design, the brand new McLaren 650S is looking basically like the P1, in its front fascia, while the rear end seems to be borrowed from the P1 hybrid supercar, so you won’t be in any shock if you will see it on the street because you may end up confusing it for its more expensive or for its cheaper brother, depending on the angle in which it’s being seen. McLaren says that the new 650S has received door blades, behind the front wheels, which are generating more downforce and are helping the new vehicle actually get an extra of 24 percent of downforce at 150 mph (241 km/h) when compared to the MP4-12C.
As far as the engine goes, the 650S will be getting a 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 engine under its hood, just like the MP4-12C which will produce 650 HP (478 kW) and this is solving the name “issue” too. The “S” stands for “Sport” on the other hand. The 650S will become available in Coupe and Spider body styles. More details on the model will be announced next month, during the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, when it will be officially presented to the public.