McLaren 650S Spyder

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In a similar case as the recently unveiled Mercedes S Class Coupe , after a couple of leaked images surfaced showing McLaren’s new toy the 650S , emerged a few days back, the British manufacturer decided to launch the full details and images of the car ahead of it’s official unveiling in Geneva. While news about the new 650S is still hot off the press, we did confirm something while going through the press release — there will be a spyder version.

The news of the availability of the Spyder is certainly good for volume, considering that it’s biggest rival, the 458 Speciale , does not come in convertible form.

With this being a McLaren, we’re sure you are anxious about what the production 650S Spyder will look like. We are too, so we have created a rendering (above) for you.

Click past the jump to read more about the 650S Spyder and it’s competition


2015 McLaren 650S Spyder - Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (mm)2670
Track, F/R (mm)1656 / 1583
Length (mm)4512
Width (mm)2093
Height (mm)1203
Dry Weight (kg / lbs)1370 / 3020



Drivetrain Layout Longitudinal Mid-Engine, RWD
Engine ConfigurationV8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc
Horsepower HP @ RPM640 / 7250Torque NM @ RPM678 / 6000
Transmission7 Speed SSG
CO2275 g/km
Fuel consumption (combined)24.2 mpg
Power to weight (with lightweight options)485 PS (478 bhp) /tonne
CO2/power0.42 g/km per PS
Maximum speed329 km/h (204 mph)
0-100 kph (62 mph)3.0 s
0-200 kph (124 mph)8.6 s
0-300 kph (186 mph)26.5 s
0-400 m / ¼ mile10.6 @ 222 km/h (138 mph)
100-0 km/h30.7 m (101 ft)
200-0 km/h124 m (407 ft)
300-0 km/h273 m (896 ft)



It’s always a good news for any company’s sales when they create a segment of their own, and the 650S does exactly that for McLaren. The new car and its 642-horsepower engine finds itself in nearly uncharted waters. The only fair competition would come from a 458 Speciale Convertible, but we know that does not exist, and we have yet to see a Lamborghini Huracan Roadster . So you can guess that the pickings were a little slim, but here we go...

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster

Agreed, the 700-horsepower Italian bull is a much pricier car with higher figures, but like we said, It doesn’t seem like the 650S Spyder will have any competition for a while. The open-top Lambo is capable of doing a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds with it’s V-12 engine, and is capable of going up to a top speed of nearly 215 mph.

Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

The soon-to-be-discontinued SLS AMG has never been a true threat to McLaren, as the two appeal to different kinds of buyers. It has never been as fast as the 12C, so it won’t hang with the 650S either. That said, it’s still no slouch, as this 6.3 AMG-powered car produces 571 horses that helps crank the speedo up to 196 mph.

That, coupled with the fact that it’s an AMG and a convertible, means that you can produce lots of tire smoke and get a whiff of it too. Sounds good, right?

Press Release

McLaren Automotive has now released images and full information for the convertible version of its latest model, the McLaren 650S, unveiled at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show. The McLaren 650S Spider is a no compromise open-top high performance sports car offering the same performance, handling and driver enjoyment, with the addition of a two-piece retractable hard top. The latest model is shown in Tarocco Orange, a new addition to the McLaren colour collection, developed with technology partner AkzoNobel.

The McLaren 650S Spider is mechanically identical to the 650S Coupé and is fitted with the unique McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine, producing 650PS (641 bhp) and 678 Nm (500 lb ft). This means a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint of 3.0 seconds, identical to the Coupé, and 200 km/h (124 mph) is reached in 8.6 seconds, only 0.2 seconds shy of the fixed-head model. Maximum speed is 329 km/h mph (204 mph). Fuel consumption and emissions remain the same for the 650S Spider, returning 24.2 mpg (11.7 l/100km) on the EU combined cycle and 275 g/km.

Most competitors do not offer high performance iterations as convertibles due to the compromises that invariably plague open-roof cars. These models will be heavier and have substantially less torsional rigidity, to the detriment of handling and ride.

The carbon fibre MonoCell chassis at the heart of the McLaren 650S requires no additional strengthening or reinforcing in open-top guise, and gives the 650S Spider identical handling and ride, and virtually identical straight-line performance figures. The overall weight of the 650S Spider is 1,370 kg (dry), an increase of only 40 kg over the Coupé, with this additional mass coming from the Retractable Hard Top and roof mechanism, and is less than any other car in its class.

The two-piece Retractable Hard Top can be automatically raised or lower in less than 17 seconds, and can be activated while stationary or at any speed up to 30km/h (19mph).

As with the 12C Spider, the 650S Spider uses a heated glass rear window, operating independently of the roof. With the roof down, the rear window acts as a wind deflector, reducing cabin buffeting. Roof up, the rear screen can be lowered to allow more engine noise – and driving drama – into the cabin, and for a semi-open top driving experience even when it is raining. When down, the roof is stowed beneath a body-coloured hard tonneau cover incorporated in the twin rear buttresses. With the roof raised, the area beneath the tonneau cover can be used as additional luggage space.

Rather than being a stripped out road racer, the 650S Coupé and 650 Spider models are fitted with a high level of luxury equipment as standard. Carbon ceramic brakes sit behind unique ‘650’ lightweight alloy wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres, IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio in Europe (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control are all fitted as standard, and the cabin is fully trimmed in Alcantara.

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