McLaren Pauses 12C Production to Focus on the New 650S
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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The latest model to join McLaren’s lineup looka like the lovechild between the P1 and the 12C, but make no mistake, this nasty piece of British engineering has an identity all its own.
This is the McLaren 650S and it’s ready to take the supercar market by storm. Featuring a pretty solid collection of visual upgrades and aerodynamic changes that increase downforce and handling at high speeds, the 650S essentially represents what a juiced up 12C is like, coupled with new bespoke parts and pieces that’s around the P1’s wheelhouse.
Add to that to the 650 horsepower coming from that turbocharged, 3.8-liter V-8 and it’s easy to see why the supercar is capable of hitting a 210 mph top speed and a 0-to-60 mph time of under three seconds.