McLaren 650S Coupé – Finally The Shades Are Raised
Here it is the all-new McLaren 650S Coupe reveals just ahead of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. McLaren is pulling out all stops and showing its capability to reign the supremacy in the battle of motor sports with its longtime track rival Ferrari.
What McLaren has done here that it has created a fusion in the shape of 650S by combining the 12C and menacing front design of P1. The 650S badge designation is a pointer to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp), of the unique British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. Where ‘S’ exclusively stands for ‘Sport’! Why does it matter? Simply put it this way the 12C was McLarens answer to the Ferrari 458 Italia. Now that Ferrari is coming up with 458 Speciale, McLaren is putting up 650S against it. We’d say bring it on and why not?
The 650S has integrated leading splitter that adds increased levels of down force, giving a greater level of steering feeling and confidence to the driver on turn-in, while also adding to the agility and the car’s handling balance. The Unique door blades behind the front wheels direct air from the trailing edges of the front splitter, further benefiting front-end grip and vehicle balance. Furthermore, housed behind the dihedral doors are radiators, which help provide the cooling requirements of the mid-mounted, compact engine. The aerodynamic performance of the McLaren 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 functional bodywork. At 150 mph, down force levels are increased by 24 percent.Then there are bespoke new design five-spoke lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheels fitted with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tries, which offers optimized road holding, handling and driver feedback – the bespoke ‘MC1’ branded tires have been developed alongside the McLaren 650S by McLaren technology partner Pirelli, and offer strong performance in normal road conditions and on track.
As we know aerodynamics plays a major role on track to clinch the race title with in million-seconds. There’s newly developed system: Airbrake, deploys whenever the car senses extra down force 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, complements the aerodynamic shaping of the McLaren 650S. Moreover, pioneering the ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) suspension system, developed by McLaren, has been further enhanced for the McLaren 650S. A feature of the system is the ability to adjust the ride and handling modes – Normal / Sport / Track – in isolation from the drive train, which gives complete freedom in terms of ride and handling. These settings, for both power train and suspension, have been recalibrated to improve driver engagement. The updates are especially noticeable in Sport mode.
Just like the 12C was a completely daily drive car with thoroughbred track DNA the McLaren 650S is promised to be the most engaging driver’s car. McLaren denies its existence as a stripped out road racer. Ride comfort and refinement are to executive saloon standards. The McLaren 650S models are equipped with IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth, wireless sync for the smart phone connectivity. Audio streaming and voice control as standard. Options include fixed-back carbon racing seats, based on the lightweight design found in the McLaren P1, an electric steering column adjustment assisting ingress and egress, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fiber throughout the interior.