McLaren 650S

McLaren 650S

Introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , the McLaren 650S took center stage as a replacement for the aging, yet still enticing, MP4-12C . Available in both coupe and roadster guises, the sports car rolled off the assembly line with the proven, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 behind its seats. Motivated by no less than 640 horses and 500 pound-feet of twist, the 650S quickly became the fastest vehicle in its segment, outgunning sports cars wearing both Ferrari and Lamborghini badges. Coming into 2015, the Brits are knighting the 650S a full-time race car by means of a GT3 iteration for the Blancplain Endurance Series and a Sprint racer. Essentially a successor to the 12C GT Sprint, the 650S Sprint is also a track-only model.

The race-ready sports car comes to bridge the gap between the road-going 650S and the endurance-spec GT3 by appealing to amateur motorsport enthusiasts that spend their weekends at the track. Blending technology from both, the 650S Sprint offers the plain looks of the street-legal car spiced up by racing upgrades and a FIA-approved interior. The 650S family just grew larger and we took a deep dive into McLaren’s brand-new racer. Read on to find out more about this spectacular, track-confined beast.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 McLaren 650S Sprint.

With the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance just around the corner, time has come to have a look at what this year’s edition of the world-renowned event has to offer. The charitable event has drawn huge interest ever since it was established in 1950, and the 2014 edition will be no exception. Automakers like McLaren , Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Aston Martin have already confirmed their presence with outstanding, brand-new vehicles, but each and every important manufacturer will hit California to showcase their latest products. Global debuts and North American debuts, this year’s Pebble Beach will have them all.

Besides the latest automobiles ranging from lightning-fast supercars to practical SUVs and bespoke rigs, the event will be packed with classic cars spread across different eras. Bentleys , Duesenbergs and Bugattis , one rarer than the other, will be displayed across the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. As with each year, the Pebble Beach Concours the d’Elegance will donate all proceedings to various local and national organizations. The event has given nearly $20 million to charities throughout the years, and this tradition will continue in 2014.

This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is certain to be a blast. It’s set to take place on August 17th, 2014, but several events, such as the Pebble Beach Auctions and the Tour d’Elegance, are scheduled a few days earlier, on August 13th and 14th, respectively. Make sure you don’t miss our coverage and, in the meantime, check out our comprehensive preview below the brake.

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With the McLaren 650S MSO having already been showcased at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , it was only a matter of time before McLaren Special Operations rolled out a bespoke program for 650S Spider . The recipe is pretty much the same: unique but subtle styling upgrades, special paints designed by MSO, brand-new wheels, and a custom interior. If you thought the 650S was an exclusive machine, McLaren Special Operations is here to prove you were wrong.

Just like the P1 , the 650S can be tailored to meet different tastes and showcase the uniqueness many McLaren customers enjoy. The 650S Spider joins these exclusive MSO ranks in a limited edition release of just 50 examples. Make no mistake though, what you see here is only one of the 50 vehicles set to reach their future owners. Each of them will be unique in their own right. It’s a privilege reserved only to MSO-crafted McLarens, and the 650S Spider fully deserves such treatment.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 McLaren 650S Spider By MSO.

British sports car manufacturer McLaren is considering a comeback to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race for the first time since 1998. The news comes via McLaren GT boss Andrew Kirkaldy, who says the company could return to the Circuit de la Sarthe as soon as 2016. McLaren’s vehicle of choice for the race will be the 650S , Kirkaldy revealed, meaning the Brits won’t tackle the top LMP1 tier, but the GTE category instead.

"I would be very surprised if you don’t see a 650S running at Le Mans at some point and we hope to be there from 2016," he told Autosport, adding that McLaren is still waiting for The Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the FIA to finalize the GTE class rulebook for 2016. "That’s what we want to do, but we still need a set of regulations to build the car to," he concluded.

McLaren hasn’t revealed any other details, but the Le Mans-ready 650S will be based on the recently unveiled 650S GT3, which will replace the 12C GT3 in the Blancplain Endurance Series starting 2015. We expect the Le Mans-spec sports car to carry the 650S GTE moniker and share many internals, including the 3.8-liter, V-8 engine, with the 650S GT3.

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The brand-new McLaren 650S was introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show as a replacement for the MP4-12C. The sports car debuted in Coupe and Roadster body styles with 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque on tap. Powered by the same twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 seen across the entire McLaren lineup, the 650S comes to the market as a competitor for the Ferrari 458 and the Lamborghini Huracan. Coming into 2015, the British sports car is also getting a track suit with a 650S GT3 label on it.

Developed as a successor to the highly acclaimed 12C GT3 , the 650S will replace its forerunner in the Blancplain Endurance Series starting next year. Additionally, the new race car will get to showcase its skills in various GT races around the world hoping to match the success of its predecessor. Although it is essentially an updated 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 carries an array of newly-developed racing parts, which are supposed to make it faster and more agile on the track. Only time will tell if the 650S is worthy of the GT3 moniker, but, until then, let’s have a look at the technology behind it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 McLaren 650S GT3.

For the second consecutive year, McLaren Automotive has been awarded engine of the year, as it joins Ferrari as one of the winners of a 2014 Engine of the Year award. Ferrari won its awards in the "Above 4-Liter" class and as the "Performance Engine of the Year," while McLaren’s masterful 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine took home the award in the "3-Liter to 4-Liter" category, proving yet again that when it comes to engine innovation, the British supercar builder takes a back seat to no one.

The engine, technically named the "M838T," was designed and developed in collaboration with engine builder Ricardo. A big part of the M838T’s appeal is the way McLaren was able to modify its capabilities to produce a class-leading output of 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. More importantly, the engine not only produces supercar-level output numbers, but it’s also a highly efficient engine, capable of returning 24.2 mpg on the EU combined cycle.

McLaren uses the M838T engine in the coupe and spider versions of the McLaren 650S , the company’s newest supercar. If you didn’t know by now, the 650S is a whole lot of awesome. A big reason for its awesomeness is this 3.8-liter, V-8 engine that is described as a "wonderful piece of powertrain engineering."

Winning engine of the year in the "3-Liter to 4-Liter" category at the 2014 Engine of the Year awards is living proof of that.

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After much speculation and teasing, McLaren released the all-new, P1 -inspired 650S in 2014. This model takes the place of the aging MP4, and delivers a mammoth 640 horsepower. Just a few months after its official debut, McLaren released a concept version of the 650S from its bespoke arm, McLaren Special Operations. This pitch-black concept obviously caught the attention of movers and shakers, as McLaren announced right before the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed that the MSO 650S would indeed be a limited-production vehicle.

This MSO 650S draws most of its styling cues from the concept that debuted in early 2014. Its carbon-fiber side wings and rear bumper center section, and rear diffuser are all taken directly from the concept. Even the sinister black color that the concept wore when it debuted is part of the production model. In fact, the only straying this concept-turned-production does on its way to driveways is the addition of new interior bits and some featherweight wheels.

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/Drive made history of sorts as the first automotive channel on YouTube to be given a slot in primetime television. It’s now a part of NBC Sports , which means that it has reached a level of cache not a lot of YouTube-born shows can boast of.

So here they are, /Drive’s Chris Harris, Mike Spinelli, and Matt Farah, all enjoying the spoils of having their own TV show in America. It’s not quite like Top Gear yet, but it is pretty cool seeing the boys from Drive in a platform that doesn’t require Internet connection.

The debut episode of "/Drive on NBC Sports" was pretty cool. It coincided with the Monaco Grand Prix so naturally, it had a certain Monaco theme to it.

Harris, Farah, and Spinelli embarked on the kind of epic joyride people only get to experience when they’re given supercars to drive. In this case, Harris received the Ferrari F12Berlinetta , while Farah got the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series . For his part, Spinelli was given a McLaren 650S , which is just about as awesome as the F12Berlinetta and the SLS AMG Black Series.

The objective was pretty straightforward. All three had to embark from the home factories of the supercars they were driving and travel 1,500 miles to Monaco. The debut episode had a hint of Top Gear -like elements to it, but it was also nice to see that the people behind the production of /Drive decided to give its own identity. We’re not going to spoil what happens in the episode because there’s 22 minutes worth of show to digest. Spare some free time for this because it’s a change of pace from the typical automotive TV show.

NBC Sports just got more exciting as the network announces it’s adding the automotive YouTube sensation Drive to its Saturday morning lineup. That’s right, our friends Matt Farah, Chris Harris, and Mike Spinelli are taking their Internet show to the big time.

Drive on NBC Sports is scheduled for a 10-episide run with the pilot episode airing May 24th at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. The first show will be all about the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix F1 race and features the gang driving a McLaren 650S , a Ferrari F12 , and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG through the streets of Monaco.

Episodes of Drive will still air on YouTube, though likely without the large budget granted by NBC. We’re looking forward to another great auto-based show coming on TV and we hope NBC extends the 10-episode contract to a more continual basis. If the trio host a show that as good as their YouTube routines, it’s hard to imagine the TV show not being a hit.

Some people may think of the McLaren 650S as the blood child of the 12C and the P1 in terms of its design, but there’s more to the British automaker’s newest baby than meets the (P1’s) eye. This video of the 650S arriving in Monza for some test runs is all the proof you need to conclude that the this supercar has an identity that’s all its own. From those throaty engine starts that sound like a lion’s roar, all the way to those high-speed accelerations and fly-bys, there’s something totally demonic about the 650S.

It’s not the kind that will make children cower in fear, although hearing the supercar roar could do it anyway.

On the contrary, it’s the kind of evil that’ll make grown men pause and wonder what possessed McLaren to build such a machine that’s capable of not only extraordinary power and speed, but actually looks good doing it.

Still not a believer? Turn up the volume and click play. It may seem rather repetitious, but after the first few cranks and starts, you learn to love hearing it over and over again.


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