New McLaren supercar
McLaren MP4-12C 650S.
Created in response to customer demand for an edgier version of the MP4-12C offering greater levels of driver engagement, the 650S runs a more heavily tuned version of McLaren’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 direct injection petrol engine producing a claimed 18kW more than the unit used by its 460kW standard sibling, as its name suggests 650hp (478kW).
Further details remain scarce ahead of the MP4-12C 650S’s official public unveiling in Switzerland two weeks from now, although information passed on to prospective customers at a private presentation of the new two-seater held last week suggest it is also in line to receive a series of modifications to its seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, suspension, steering, brakes and aerodynamics – all aimed at providing it with a more aggressive nature and added race track ability.
Along with the various mechanical and aerodynamic changes, the MP4-12C 650S is also claimed to adopt a lightened carbon fibre body and other weight saving measures, including carbon fibre seats from McLaren’s recently launched petrol-electric hybrid powered flagship supercar, the P1.
The 650S is distinguished from its standard MP4-12C by a new front bumper resembling that of the P1 together with various other exterior styling changes – as revealed by the leaked images.