The very first McLaren 650S Le Mans has just been delivered in New Zealand. Limited to a mere 50 units globally, it is little surprise that McLaren Automotive Auckland only managed to sell one example of the commemorative 650S variant.
All McLaren 650S Le Mans models are the same so this example is no different. Compared to the standard 650S, the Le Mans edition can be distinguished on a number of fronts.
The car was designed by McLaren Special Operations with guidance from Peter Stevens who designed the legendary McLaren F1. As such, the McLaren 650S Le Mans borrows many design cues from the F1 GTR with the roof scoop being the most notable feature. This new snorkel not only provides the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with additional air but it also adds louder induction noises.
Elsewhere, the McLaren 650S Le Mans by MSO features a new carbon fibre front splitter as well as a more aggressive and downforce generating rear diffuser. Completing the visual modifications are new ‘Le Mans Edition lightweight wheels which measure 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear with a classic five-spoke design. These wheels are then wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.
Beneath the skin, the car remains mechanically identical to the ‘regular’ 650S. Consequently, it delivers an equal 641 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque and can consequently reach 100 km/h from a standstill in 3 seconds flat. Top speed of the British supercar sits at 333 km/h (207 mph).