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McLaren 650S

McLaren 650S

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When you’re driving a McLaren 650S there’s no such thing as too much track action. Be it the Nurburgring, Silverstone or Laguna Seca, McLaren ’s new sports car is in its natural environment.

Being brand-new, the 650S didn’t get too much track action up until now, save for the enduring testing session it was subjected to during development. But that will soon change as customers will start receiving their cars and, hopefully, they won’t be keeping them in air-conditioned garages.

Deliveries are still a few months off, but we’re happy to report that the folks over at Sport Auto got their hands on a McLaren 650S Spider and took it straight to the Hockenheim track, the other famous German racing course.

Their track test obviously included a full lap on the Formula One circuit, but they also did a top-speed trial. And this is where thing got more than interesting, as the 650S Spider managed to overcome its official top speed, which is rated at 204 mph.

Pushed to the very limit in its seventh gear and at about 7,500 rpm, the sports car reached 331 km/h, which is about 205.6 miles per hour. Sure, the gap is rather tiny, but it’s still something worth knowing and, more importantly, watching.

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Do you own an iOS or Android device and want a really fun way to kill a few hours of time? Check out the new 650S Design Studio app from McLaren . The app is an easy to use, portable version of an online car configuration tool, but McLaren have added some extra touches to make it special.

Start with picking your car, Spider or Coupe , and then choose your favorite color, wheels and options to create the perfect personalized supercar. Once you finish choosing your options, the fun really begins.

The app has the ability to insert your newly designed 650S into any picture on your device. Take a picture of your garage, and you instantly get to see what it would look like to park a new McLaren at your own house. Make your Facebook friends jealous by putting the new 650S casually into your vacation photos.

To make sure things look as real possible, McLaren claims the app will alter things like shading and reflections to make the photos look as real as possible.

If you would prefer to photobomb yourself with the 12C or the P1 , you are out of luck. The app only features the newly announced 650S, but I see no reason why an app update later couldn’t add other cars.

I wonder if I can put the 650S into my wedding photos to make it look like I am marrying a car...

You can pick up the app for Android ’HERE->https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mclaren.McLaren650S]. or you can grab the iPad/iPhone app HERE

Editor’s Note: I personally tried the app on Android (my results above), and it works very well!

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider.

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I think somebody owes me 5 dollars. McLaren has dropped the official details on its upcoming 650S reveal at Geneva , and just as I predicted, it is essentially a hotted up version of the McLaren 12C not the upcoming P15. Just as expected, that 650 in the name stands for the amount of power produced by the engine. Since McLaren is a UK company, they have the power rating of the new 650S rated in Pferdestärke (PS) so the actual U.S. horsepower rating is 640.

The new car features a pretty solid collection of visual upgrades and aerodynamic changes that increase downforce and handling at speed. This isn’t a pure power bump either, as the 650S is designed with several bespoke parts and pieces.

Add to that a nearly 210 mph top speed and a 0-to-60mph time of under three seconds, and the 650S is ready to crush the competition.

Updated 04/02/2014: The new McLaren 650S Coupe will be making its North American debut later this month at the 2014 New York Auto Show, but with just days its U.S. debut, McLaren announced prices for the supercar. The new 650S Coupe will be priced from $265,500 and will be offered through 13 U.S. dealers.

Continue to get all the details on the new McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider.

Yet another supercar making its grand entrance is the gorgeous McLaren 650S Spider at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in all its drop-top glory. The car is easily recognizable as the topless twin to McLaren ’s latest supercar, the 650S , and thankfully, not much changes between the coupe and spider versions.

The 650s Spider utilizes the same carbon-fiber MonoCell chassis underpinning the coupe and doesn’t require any reinforcing or structural strengthening with its top removed. McLaren says the Spider will have identical ride and handling characteristics with no noticeable losses in performance. And even with the addition two-piece mechanical top, only 88 pounds is added to the 650S’ 2,932-pound curb weight, bringing the Spider’s dry weight to a sill-respectable 3,020 pounds.

Power still comes from the beastly 3.8-liter turbocharged V-8 making 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. It’s the same engine found within the 12C and P1 , but with a nice bump in power. That power helps the 650S coupe hit 62 mph in a blazing three seconds, 124 mph in 8.4 seconds and 186 mph in just 25.4 seconds on its way to a 207-mph top speed. McLaren does expect the extra 88 pounds to hinder the 650S Spider’s acceleration times, but only marginally.

Updated 04/02/2014: McLaren officially announced prices for the new 650S Spider which will be available from 13 U.S. retail locations. The model will be priced from $280,225.

Click past the jump for all the details on the McLaren 650S Spider

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A little more than a year has passed since McLaren unveiled the P1 supercar , and the Woking-based manufacturer is already busy rolling out a brand new sports car. We’re obviously referring to the 2015 650S, a vehicle that gathered so many orders the past few weeks it prompted McLaren to halt production of the 12C.

With the 650S in production and its Spider sibling revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last month, the British are already looking toward adding a new model to their new family of V-8-powered supercars . What are they preparing now, you may ask? Well, a recent report claims the Brits are readying a track-tuned version of the 650S.

That’s the word from McLaren chief development driver Chris Goodwin, who says the newly-launched 650S "is not as far as we’re going to go." "There’s plenty more we can do," he added, hinting that the yet unnamed track-prepped 650S will be aimed at the 12 percent of McLaren customers that hoon their cars on race courses.

There are no actual details for us to chew on right now, but Auto Express suggests that the upcoming sports car is likely to cost £25,000 more than the regular 650S, which translates into a premium of nearly $42,000 at the current exchange rates.

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Source: AutoExpress

You know McLaren stumbled into a really good thing when it decides to halt production of the 12C because demand for the new 650S called for it. A spokesman for the Woking-based automaker told Pistonheads at the Geneva Motor Show that the company is focusing its attention on the 650S because a bulk of the sales coming into the company is for the brand’s newest supercar .

It’s not a surprising development, especially because the company is still taking orders for the 12C. But McLaren is striking the iron while its hot and right now, the 650S is blazing, partly because its new and partly because it’s ridiculously awesome.

Even more impressive is the demand for the 650S comes at a time when the vehicle is actually £20,000 more expensive than the 12C at £195,000. The company understood the risk in adding more to the supercar’s price, but it did so with the hope that the 650S will be a sales hit among young and rich customers. Judging by its decision to stall production for the 12C to have all hands on deck for the 650S, it was a gamble that’s paying off handsomely.

The arrival of the 650S also gives a clear delineation among the company’s current and future models. With the price of the 650S closer to £200,000, nobody will mistake it for resembling the soon-to-be-unveiled P13 , which is the future entry-level McLaren model.

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Source: PistonHeads
McLaren 650S Spider

Good news for those of you who can waste spend enormous blocks of time crafting the perfect machine within the interactive confines of online car configurators — McLaren’s 650S Spider configurator just went live.

But before you go building your own mid-engine supercar , check past the jump for all the nitty-gritty details regarding the configurator and the various ways to construct a 650S Spider . The configurator is pretty intuitive and simple to navigate with six main categories — paint, wheels and tires, exterior, interior, equipment, and summary — stacked vertically on the left. Each category has sub categories that list the various choices available for the car. Make sure you select your location, though, as a right-hand-drive 650S with an Italian-language infotainment system and owners manual won’t do you much good Stateside.

Once complete, you can download the build sheet for your specific car, complete with color choice, options and detailed specs. Even if you’re only dreaming, McLaren’s configurator is a hoot to play with.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S Spider.

Who knew that a 40-second video could say so much about McLaren’s history. But that’s exactly what this video accomplishes, showing us each and every car — production and racing — that McLaren has ever built. Despite being only founded in 1963 by Bruce McLaren, McLaren has become one of the most accomplished racing teams, a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence the company had from its very first day in operation.

From old-school racing classics like the Group 7 M1 and the M2B to its current lineup of supercars , including the P1 and the recently-introduced 650 S , McLaren has set a bar for automotive excellence that very few automakers in the world today can even come close to approaching.

Watching this video and seeing the history of McLaren flash before our very eyes made us remember a McLaren commercial with Johnnie Walker back in the late 90’s. We’re hazy on what the ad was showing, but we do remember the overall message of the team’s pursuit of being the best.

"The race for perfection has no finish line".

In so many ways, that line reflects on what McLaren was, is, and will continue to be moving forward.


Time has grown short in our wait for the 2014 Geneva Auto Show to begin in the little Swiss city of Geneva. The main media festivities are set to take place March 4th and 5th with the show remaining in full swing throughout the week for the general public. There will be plenty of new cars debuting for the first time along with numerous cars with minor updates.

While the actual list is incredibly long, we’ve compiled a condensed version of the main vehicles on display that are either new or show a significant update over their outgoing counterpart. As the event rolls on, we’ll be bringing you the brand new information straight from the automakers regarding their latest models. Be sure to watch out for news on the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge ’s powertrain, Subaru’s plans with the Viziv 2 Concept , and if Volkswagen will bring their Golf GTE to the United States.

Click past the jump for all the info on the 2014 Geneva Auto Show


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