One of the big releases at the Geneva Motor Show 2014 is the McLaren 650S. Far from being a mild McLaren 12C update, the McLaren 650S cranks the platform up to a whole new level. We took a closer look at the car on display at the Geneva show after first seeing it last month at a private viewing in London.
Far from being a Ferrari 458 Speciale rival, the focus with the McLaren 650S is a little wider. The 650S has 25% new parts over the 12C with 40% more downforce. As you will have no doubt noticed, the new front apron takes its inspiration from the flagship McLaren P1. The rear air brake is also heavily revised.
The 3.8 litre McLaren V8 gets a 25 hp boost and an extra 80 Nm of torque for a total output of 650 PS and 678 Nm of torque. From 0-100 km/h now takes just 3.0 seconds and 0-200 km/h (125 mph) only 8.4 seconds. It will hit a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph) and a set of carbon ceramic brakes provide the extra stopping power.
The McLaren 650S also gets 22% stiffer springs, revised front top-mounts and this all works inline with a revised damper calibration to improve high and low speed handling. Not only is it quicker on track, it is more comfortable to drive too!
If you want to find out more about the McLaren 650S, take a look at our earlier article which also includes a further selection of live photos. For more information and news from the Geneva Motor Show 2014, take a look at our dedicated news channel!