After its worldwide debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2014 in early March, the worldwide introduction of the McLaren 650S has been ongoing. The latest country to receive the brand new British supercar is Malaysia with the car recently launching at an event held at McLaren Kuala Lumpur.
The first McLaren 650S to arrive in Kuala Lumpur is finished in an epic shade of white and is actually the first example we’ve seen finished like this and we must say, when combined with the bare carbon fibre front bumper and rear-end, it looks very impressive!
Designed to sit between the 12C and the P1, the new McLaren 650S is essentially a major facelift for the 12C. It answers feedback from the media and owners to make it an even more competent machine on the road and track and in the words of McLaren it is ‘capable, not compromised’.
Whilst Ferrari have gone down their classic route of creating a hardcore version of the 458 in the guise of the new Speciale, McLaren have chosen to keep the car very drivable and offer some every day creature comforts like a rear parking camera and satellite navigation whilst improving performance and all-round drivability at the same time.
Under the hood, the McLaren 650S features the same 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine as the 12C. However, McLaren have managed to squeeze out 642 hp and 678 Nm of torque improving acceleration, responsiveness and overall top speed. 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration now takes only 3.0 seconds (coupe) and 0-200 km/h (125 mph) only 8.4 seconds.