McLaren might develop a 650S Hybrid image

The British based automaker McLaren might be offering a hybrid version of the 650S in the near future.

McLaren has seen a lot of recognition from petrol heads, from the automotive media and even from people not really interested in cars with the development of the P1. But if that was a hypercar offered in a very limited number, of just 375 units, with a staggering price, things are about to change in the company, because a smaller version of the P1 is expected to be offered soon. The model will be the 650S Hybrid and it was hinted by the carmaker’s executive director for product development, Mark Vinnels, in a recent interview with Top Gear.

“We obviously know quite a lot about hybrids from what we’ve done with the P1 but the biggest challenge for us is to achieve something that delivers a genuine performance benefit”, said the McLaren official.

The development of a hybrid version of the 650S will bring the world of exotic mid-engined and rear-wheel drive vehicles to a whole new level as this will probably be the future. Chances are Ferrari and Lamborghini will do the same with their new 488 GTB and with the Huracan, respectively. Keep in mind that the current 650S has a 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 engine under its hood, rated at 641 HP (478 kW) and 680 Nm (500 lb-ft) of torque, connected to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It needs 3s to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) and it can go all the way up to 333 km/h (207 mph).

Source: Top Gear