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McLaren's 650S Coupe revealed

2014-02-18 08:32

NEXT MCLAREN SUPERCAR: McLaren will debut its new 650S Coupe and Spider at the 2014 Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren

• Built for enthusiastic drivers
• To be launched later in 2014
• Join’s  McLaren’s range of supercars above 12C
• Enhanced active aerodynamics and ProActive Chassis Control

McLaren will debut it new 650S Coupe at the 2014 International Geneva Motor Show.

The 650S joins its super car siblings such as the 12C and sold-out P1. Available in coupe or spider guise with a retractable folding hard-top, the McLaren 650S promises to “redefine the high performance supercar segment.”

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 McLaren 650S
The 650S badge designation refers to the power output  650PS (477kW), of the unique McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. Performance figures will be confirmed ahead of the Geneva Show but according to the automaker, will improve on the already rapid 12C.  

The design is inspired by the P1, previewing a new design language.

The aerodynamic performance of the 650S is as efficient as the 12C, boasting the same drag coefficient figure, yet the air is being worked harder and more efficiently as it flows over, and through, the bodywork. At 241km/h downforce levels are increased by 24%.

McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt 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.”

A new five-spoke lightweight forged 650S alloys are unique to the model and are fitted to Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.

The McLaren Airbrake, originally fitted to the 12C and 12C Spider and designed to offer optimised levels of downforce on the rear of the car, now operates with a greater level of functionality providing increased stability. The new system means the airbrake deploys whenever the car senses extra downforce is advisable, rather than simply under-braking or when manually operated in ‘Aero’ mode.

 Below the airbrake, a distinctive rear three-piece bumper, similar to the GT3 racing version of the 12C, compliments the aerodynamic shape of the 650S.

The proactive chassis control (PCC) suspension, has been further enhanced for the 650S. A feature of the system is the ability to adjust the ride and handling modes (Normal, Sport and Track) in isolation from the drivetrain. These settings, for both powertrain and suspension, have been recalibrated to improve driver engagement.
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