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2015 McLaren 650S

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  • McLaren 650S
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    7-Speed Dual Clutch
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    640 @ 7250
  • Torque @ RPM:
    500 @ 6000
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.9 sec.
  • Quarter Mile time:
    10.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    207 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    265500
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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.

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Zero-Mile Mclaren 650S Sprint For Sale

Zero-Mile Mclaren 650S Sprint For Sale

It’s going to cost you a little under $350,000 to own it

Are you in the market for a McLaren 650S Sprint? If you are, you’re in luck because an all-black 650S Sprint is on sale in Sweden. Even better, it’s completely brand new, as shown by an odometer that has 0 miles in it. You’ll need to pay £245,000 ($343,000) to buy it, and there’s the matter of actually transporting it from Sweden to wherever you are in the world, of course. Fortunately, the listing says that “transport can be arranged” for the car, though you are going to need to pay a little extra for that.

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A McLaren Story That Makes Us Hate Insurance Companies Even More

A McLaren Story That Makes Us Hate Insurance Companies Even More

Supercars are expensive to fix, as one Donkey’s owner found out

This might be the oddest tale of destruction to ever happen to a McLaren. A donkey caused a whopping $40,221 in damage to a McLaren 650S Spider after its owner parked beside the donkey’s enclosure. The German police report theorizes the orange 650S looked like a giant carrot to the donkey, who proceeded to eat part of the carbon fiber body near the bumper, scratching the orange paint in the process. The owner, Markus Zahn, says he returned to his McLaren and got inside before seeing the donkey in his rearview mirror.

Adding insult to injury, Zahn’s insurance company refused to fully cover the repair costs, sending Zahn an invoice for $7,052. Though he owned a $288,000 exotic supercar and likely could have easily paid the bill, Zahn decided to sue the donkey’s owner for the cost. Not surprisingly, the donkey’s owner, who named the barnyard animal Vitus, refused to pay the expense. Now a year later, a German court finally heard the case and ruled in favor of Zahn. That left the donkey’s owner with a repair bill of $7,052.

While it seems petty of Zahn to saddle the arguably innocent donkey’s owner with a bill he could easily pay, the real ass of this situation is the insurance company. Undoubtedly, Zahn pays big money to keep his prized McLaren and his fat bank account safe from harm, but when it came time to actually file a claim, the insurance company didn’t feel it was on the hook for the full repair bill, despite Zahn having full coverage. I’m sure the insurance company would complain if Zahn flippantly decided he didn’t want to pay the full amount of his monthly premiums. Regardless of the $40,221 repair cost, the insurance company should have paid up. That’s what insurance is for. Its double standards corporations often hold that makes the public so distrusting.

What would you do in this situation? Let us know in the comments below.

Hat-tip to CarScoops

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Oops: Newly Wed Couple Crash a Rented McLaren 650S

Oops: Newly Wed Couple Crash a Rented McLaren 650S

Someone’s going to have to answer for this, and the estimated repair costs won’t look pretty

A wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days in a person’s life. It’s especially important for the bride and groom, though I can argue that guests can have their own version of fun at these events. Unfortunately, things can still go awry, as one person will attest after crashing a rented McLaren 650S into a tree in what could very well be one of the most ill-timed and expensive attempts at showing off.

Specific details on what happened are still unclear, but the end result is as crystal as they come. The rented McLaren 650S incurred significant damage because the driver thought it was a good idea to mess around with the supercar’s launch control figure. I’m not sure if the driver didn’t know the purpose of launch control or he just made a mistake in engaging it; it doesn’t matter now either way. The point is that because of his tomfoolery, the 650S’ front end is barely recognizable after smooching with the tree. The hood looks like a crumpled piece of paper and both air bags actually deployed. All of that means that the 650S probably launched close to where the tree was and the suddenness of the car’s acceleration startled the driver, leaving him with precious little time to correct his error to at least avoid hitting the tree.

I don’t know who’s going to have to foot the bill for the supercar’s repairs, but I can tell you that given its state, I wouldn’t be surprised if the cost of repairs goes up to six figures. Lesson learned, folks. There’s no harm in renting a McLaren 650S for a wedding and then proudly show it off to all the other guests. Just make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. And don’t forget to purchase the best insurance policy at the rental counter.

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Watch Out Ferrari! The New McLaren Super Series Will Generate Outstanding Downforce

Watch Out Ferrari! The New McLaren Super Series Will Generate Outstanding Downforce

McLaren says downforce will be 50-percent greater than that of the 650S

Set to break cover at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the second-generation McLaren Super Series will replace the familiar 650S and its derivatives in the company’s lineup. The British firm has already unveiled a few juicy bits, which we’ve discussed in our review here, but a new announcement reveals more information about the upcoming sports car.

The first thing McLaren wants us to know is that the second-gen Super Series – reportedly built around a core model named the 720S – will be twice as aerodynamically efficient as the 650S, mainly thanks to increased downforce and improved cooling. McLaren executive director Mark Vinnels commented that a "range of advanced aerodynamic technologies" will contribute to maximum generated downforce over 50 percent greater than that of the McLaren 650S. He also said that the design team obtained a 15-percent gain in cooling efficiency thanks to the a new design of the dihedral door.

The familiar design element will now have two separate air ducts integrated within the door structure. One will force air from the top of the door down into the radiators that cool the engine, while the other will draw air out of the front wheel arch to create increased downforce.

McLaren also revealed that the new Super Series will have a completely redesigned rear wing. The active element will extend over the full width of the rear section and move upwards and increase in angle in order to optimize aero efficiency at high speeds. The wing is also designed to deploy to its most extreme angle as an airbrake in less than half a second.

The British firm also release a teaser photo showing part of the car’s taillights, rear grille, wing, and engine hood. The wing appears to be larger than the previous model, while the taillights are significantly thinner. The engine hood incorporates large elements made from exposed carbon-fiber, which isn’t surprising given that McLaren uses the lightweight material extensively in its cars.

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McLaren Offers Aftermarket Personalization Options For Its Super Series Models

McLaren Offers Aftermarket Personalization Options For Its Super Series Models

Plenty of new accessories are now available to dress up your Super Series McLaren

McLaren counts itself as one of the most exclusive brands in the world and that status comes with certain standards and expectations. One such expectation is to have an extensive personalization division that can distinctive and dramatic design offerings that further enhance the exclusivity of its models. This is where McLaren Special Operations (MSO) takes center stage and just in time for the holidays and the coming new year, MSO is loading up on a lot of new extra options and accessories for its MSO Defined line that’s poised to take McLaren personalization to a whole new level.

The new wave of MSO options area available for current and future owners of any of McLaren’s Super Series models, which includes a wide range of models that run from the 12C to the 675LT. The objective here is to give these new models a fresh shine, so to speak. Whether it’s through exterior upgrades or interior amenities, the objective has always been the same: make these models more personalized to reflect the tastes and preferences of its owners.

For the exterior, McLaren Super Series owners can expect even more carbon fiber options because carbon fiber is awesome. Among the notable additions include a carbon fiber rear diffuser that provides improved airflow and weight reduction. There’s also new carbon fiber mirror arms that can be combined with matching mirror casings and just in case it doesn’t get mentioned, carbon fiber louvered front fenders are also on the MSO Defined menu now. This particular component is an important one since it saves close to 0.5 kilos (1.1 pounds) over the standard version. It’s also a nice nod to the automaker’s storied history in motor racing, which made good use of the material. Last but certainly not leased is a carbon fiber hood that provides visual and performance enhancements for any McLaren Super Series model that gets them.

Move to the interior and the carbon fiber treatment continues in waves. Carbon fiber vent bezels and sill tops are particularly noteworthy, in large part because they add more emphasis to the sporty and driver-focused architecture of a McLaren’s interior. The same can be said for the carbon fiber steering wheel and extended carbon fiber gear shift paddles. Not only are they awesome to look at, but their lightweight nature helps drop even more pounds from the car’s weight. Remember, a lighter McLaren is a faster McLaren.

The extended menu of upgrades included in the McLaren Super Series MSO Defined range should serve McLaren owners well, especially when they’re in the market for more exclusive options to add to their already exclusive supercars. Why even bother go the aftermarket route when McLaren’s MSO Defined range has what you’re looking for, right?

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McLaren 650S Successor To Be Called 720S, Use New V-8 Engine

McLaren 650S Successor To Be Called 720S, Use New V-8 Engine

It will be unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Although the 650S will is only two and a half years old as of December 2016, McLaren is already working on a replacement. Called the P14 internally and spotted testing on public roads quite often in 2016, the new supercar will reportedly break cover at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with a 720S badge.

That’s the word from Autogespot, which seems to have obtained some juicy details about the upcoming Super Series model. Arguably the most important bit of information is that the 720S wil get a brand-new engine. According to the source, the venerable and award-winning 3.8-liter V-8 will be retired from this model and replaced with a more advanced, larger powerplant, This engine is said to displace 4.0 liters, but will also use a twin-turbo configuration, most likely with bigger, redesigned "blowers." The name suggests that the V-8 will crank out 720 PS, which converts to about 710 horsepower on this side of the pond.

That’s a 70-horsepower increase over the 650S and 44 horses more than the 675LT, which will make the 720S the most powerful Super Series model yet. No word on torque, but I expect at least a 10-percent increase over the 650S, which should translate into more than 550 pound-feet sent at the rear wheels. Coupled with the fact that the new supercar should be lighter, charging from 0 to 60 mph should take less than 2.9 seconds. Top speed will exceed 200 mph, but I don’t think that the 720S will do more than 210 mph. There’s no word on transmission, but power should travel to the rear wheels through an updated version of the current seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

More importantly, the new drivetrain has been designed to receive a hybrid system, which means that a gasoline-electric model is also in the books. However, the hybrid will be added at a later date and in a car with a different name.

The aforementioned source also claims that the interior will get a mobile dashboard that will lower itself when the car goes into track mode in order to help the driver focus and reduce distractions. Word has it that the 720S will be shown to potential customers in January. It’s also believed that the first units to be produced in 2017 after the 650S will be discontinued and are already sold out.

As far as the car’s design goes, we’ve already discussed it in our speculative review of the P14. The article includes a rendering built around the camouflaged prototypes we saw earlier in 2016. You can check it out here.

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McLaren 650S GT3 to get Special Livery for 2016 24 Hours of Spa

McLaren 650S GT3 to get Special Livery for 2016 24 Hours of Spa

The British firm celebrates founder Bruce McLaren with unique, vintage livery

One of the three examples of the McLaren 650S GT3 that will race at this years 24 Hours of Spa will wear a special livery, the British firm announced today. The car run by customer team Garage 59 will wear a unique paint job based on the original logo that adorned the early race cars of the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing team.

Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the last competitive outing for the original squad with Bruce McLaren himself at the wheel, the livery features the distinctive red, white, and green paint job seen on early 1960s cars. Designed by British illustrator Michael Turner, it was also the first to feature the famous "Speedy Kiwi." The latter will also be present on the 650S GT3’s roof.

The iconic badge was also featured on the 1965 McLaren M2A single-seater prototype and a number of Group 7 sports cars. The most famous of the cars which ran the "Speedy Kiwi was the McLaren M1A, which scored the first podium for the team on its debut at the Canadian circuit Mosport in September 1964.

The special 650S GT3, which will wear No. 60 and make a one-off appearance at Spa, will be driven by Bruno Senna, Luis Felipe Derani, and Duncan Tappy. Garage 59 is the leader of the Team’s Championship in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup with two wins from the first three events of the 2016 season.

The 2016 24 Hours of Spa is set to begin at 16.30 CST, Saturday, July 30.

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McLaren 650S Takes On Lamborghini Huracán: Video

McLaren 650S Takes On Lamborghini Huracán: Video

It’s the Italian bull taking on the British whippersnapper

When you’re lining up a drag race between two supercars, it’s always best to have both cars be equal in terms of their power and performance numbers. Not only does it make for an even race, but it also helps answer questions on which car is faster to 60 mph or which car is faster to get to its top speed. In the case of this race between the McLaren 650S Spider and the Lamborghini Huracán, all the variables are there, except for the fact that the McLaren doesn’t have a roof.

Still, the two cars are considered direct rivals, and the while the McLaren has to make do with a retractable roof, it makes up for it by having more power than the Huracán. The 650S has 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque whereas the Huracán has 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of twist. Based on these numbers, the 650S has the advantage. That said, the Huracán is all-wheel drive whereas the 650S is rear-wheel drive. That helps the Lamborghini launch off the line quicker than the McLaren. It’s a clean and even race through and through, right?

Well, check out the video to see how the actual race unfolded. I’m not going to spill the details on who won, but based on the details about both cars, don’t be surprised to see, well, a few surprises. In the end, it really doesn’t matter because both the McLaren 650S and the Lamborghini Huracán are awesome supercars. You could pick one and I’d be happy with the other. It’s just that sometimes, there’s a need for bragging rights and in this case, the winner certainly deserved it.

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McLaren 650S Drives Along Japan's Scenic Hakone Turnpike: Video

McLaren 650S Drives Along Japan’s Scenic Hakone Turnpike: Video

This is the epitome of a relaxing supercar joyride

Some have called the Hakone Turnpike in Japan as one of the most scenic and beautiful roads in the world. It rests on the base of the Izu Peninsula and winds up to almost 3,300 feet from sea level, cutting through a breathtaking scenery of woodlands and Japense cherry blossoms. The road is smooth with plenty of sweeping curves that make for an incredible joyride atop the summit. Recently, McLaren brought a 650S Spider to the Hakode Turnpike to film a glorious video of the British supercar driving up one of the Japan’s most famous roads.

Mere descriptions of the car driving along the Hakone Turnpike don’t do justice to what you’re about to see. Suffice to say, it’s probably one of the best and most relaxing car videos we’ve seen all year. It features the glorious sound of the 650S Spider’s 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine piercing the tranquil scenery and joined by a soft yet effective background music that highlights the road and views ahead.

In a country dominated by its own lineup of sports cars and performance cars, watching a McLaren 650S Spider conquering the Hakone Turnpike might be a little jarring to some. But give it a chance. Crank up the speakers, sit back, and watch the video. There’s a lot to be said for something that can take your mind away from the stress of everyday life. So trust me when I say that the video you’re about to see is one of those times.

Enjoy it for what it’s worth because it’s hard to piece together a ride as inspiring as this one.

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McLaren 650S Successor Rumored to Arrive in 2017

McLaren 650S Successor Rumored to Arrive in 2017

The new model will feature never-before-seen design cues and an upgraded twin-turbo V-8

Developed to replace the MP4-12C, the McLaren 650S was launched in early 2014 and it has already spawned a handful of versions, including convertibles, the China-exclusive 625C, a GT3-spec race car, and the limited-edition 675LT. Only two years have passed since the Super Series became part of the McLaren family, and the British company is already looking to replace it with an updated range. According to Autocar, a replacement for the 650S is due to arrive at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, exactly three years after the 650S debuted at the same event.

The new sports car will be first new model in McLaren’s new business plan that includes a £1-billion investment for 15 new products by 2022. Codenamed P14, it will be based on a variation of the current MonoCell carbon-fiber tub and use a development of the company’s ubiquitous twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8. However, the new sports car will be a significant departure from the current 650S in terms of design, which will incorporate radical active aerodynamics.

“It’s unpredictable. It will raise eyebrows. It’s got a lot of things that just haven’t been done in car design before,” said McLaren design director Frank Stephenson.

The cockpit has been completely rethought, the report adds, and will incorporate "an intuitive control system." Most likely McLaren is keeping things simple in the instrument cluster and center stack, and adopted a more race-oriented configuration. There’s no specific word as to how many variants of the Super Series will be launched in the future, but a Spider and a higher-performance model similar to the 675LT are very likely. Also, the range could also get a hybrid drivetrain.

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2016 McLaren 650S by Gemballa

2016 McLaren 650S by Gemballa

German tuner introduces itself to the MP4-12C’s successor

When you bring up the name Gemballa, the most common automaker that can be associated with the tuner is Porsche. Browse through some of its programs and you’ll notice that just about every modern-day Porsche has been treated to a tuning program or two by the German aftermarket company. But Gemballa isn’t just all about the Porsches. It’s also built kits for BMWs and more recently, for McLarens, most of which were for the MP4-12C, or more commonly known these days as the 12C. Recently, Gemballa added a new McLaren into its portfolio and to no one’s surprise, it’s for the 12C’s successor, the 650S.

Aptly named the Gemballa GT similar to those past kits for the 12C, this new McLaren tuning program has a little bit of something for all facets of the 650S. There are aerodynamic modifications to the exterior, customizable interior upgrades, and an engine modification that adds more power to the existing amount already found in the 650S’s 3.8-liter turbocharged V-8 engine. In other words, it’s a typical tuning program for Gemballa. Or is it?

As you’ll find out in a bit, this kit offers something a little bit different than what the German tuner is used to producing. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing likely depends on what kind of changes a prospective client wants on his or her McLaren 650S. Some might like it. Some might not. Either way, it’s probably going to be the first of a handful of programs Gemballa has in store for the 650S. That much I can say at this point.

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2016 McLaren 650S Vayu GTR Coupe by FAB Design

2016 McLaren 650S Vayu GTR Coupe by FAB Design

Second iteration of Vayu tuning kit takes Geneva by storm

Aftermarket tuners often have to walk a fine line when it comes to building programs for supercars. Questions like ‘how much improvement does it really need?’ often prop up in these discussions. These are the kind of things tuners have to deal with it and for FAB Design, the answer often lies somewhere between “not enough” and “let’s talk about it some other time.” In any event, the German tuner’s program for the McLaren 650S is the kind of kit a supercar can have without really turning the vehicle into a completely different model. There are significant changes, but for the most part, it’s still the 650S, albeit packaged far differently than McLaren packaged it from the factory.

For FAB Design, the kit is a unique follow-up to a similar program it presented one year ago. That kit, dubbed the Vayu RPR, was for the 650S Spyder. This one is called the Vayu GTR Coupe and as the name suggests, it’s primarily for the coupe version of the 650S. Names notwithstanding, both kits provide impressive upgrades on the model’s aerodynamic and performance capabilities. There’s also a slight change in looks that benefits the 650S, but that’s also largely tied into the aero kit that FAB Design built.

The overall results are what you’d expect from the German tuner. There’s an improvement in different aspects of the car that combine to create a tuning package that’s worth its weight in attention. Who knows, next year’s auto show might feature a third version of this kit. That’s still a long ways from now, so in the meantime, let’s feast our eyes on the Vayu GTR Coupe to see if it’s as good as its predecessor.

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MotorTrend Reviews The 2016 McLaren 570S: Video

MotorTrend Reviews The 2016 McLaren 570S: Video

Motor Trend’s Ignition web series is back with a new episode and this time, senior features editor Jason Cammisa is spending some quality time with the first inhabitant of McLaren’s new Sports Series line, the 570S. In the episode, Cammisa sought to find out if the 570S is as good as McLaren has made it out to be. After all, it is close to $100,000 cheaper than the 650S and, as part of the British automaker’s Sports Series, it’s supposed to be geared towards a bigger customer base.

So, is it worth the trouble of buying one, or are buyers better off just shooting for a bigger star in the 650S? The first order of business was to take the 570S up for a scenic drive in the canyons. Cammisa had a lot of things to say about the feel of the 570S, especially in the way it feels behind the steering wheel. The word ‘stiff’ was thrown around and a comment about how it “steers like a sports car” should give customers a unique driving experience with the 570S.

Once the dilly-dallying in the streets was over, Camissa took the 570S to the Willow Springs race track where race driver Randy Pobst took his turn behind the wheel of the 570S for a hot lap. As expected, Pobst pushed the 570S to its absolute limit, even putting the wheels outside the track for brief moments before steering the car back into the racing line. In the end, Pobst posted an impressive lap time for the 570S, enough at least to put it ahead of sports car rivals like the Porsche 911 GT3 and the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S, but not enough to unseat the real supercars that posted faster lap times than the McLaren.

So, is the 570S really worth it? For me, it depends on what you need from a sports car. If you want an adventurous sports car that’s going to keep you on your toes with its power and performance, the 570S is as good a choice as any. But, if you want something that’s a little more conservative, maybe you need to look at something else.

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McLaren P1 vs McLaren 650S: Video

McLaren P1 vs McLaren 650S: Video

Ever since the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari were introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, we wanted to see a drag race between two. It took more than two years for that to happen. Likewise, gearheads have been clamoring to see a test between the newer McLaren 650S and the Ferrari 488 GTB, but that has yet to happen as of this writing. But how about a drag race between the P1 and 650S? Would that be interesting enough?

Sure it would, despite the fact that the 650S would be no match for the 903-horsepower P1. The question here is, exactly how quick is the hybrid supercar compared to the less powerful, yet still exciting, 650-horsepower 650S. After all, we’re talking about two vehicles that are miles apart in terms of pricing, but are separated by less than 300 horsepower.

The video above might answer that question, even though the face-off you’re about to see isn’t a proper drag race, as there’s no timing. It only provides the speed at which the two McLaren’s cross the finish line, but these numbers as well as the footage are enough to get an idea about how quicker the P1 is. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but let’s say that I’m not exactly impressed with the P1. Have a look and tell me what you think in the comments box below.

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McLaren 650S GT3 Claims Class Victory At Sepang 12 Hours

McLaren 650S GT3 Claims Class Victory At Sepang 12 Hours

When the McLaren 650S GT3 debuted, we were desperate to see just how well it would perform, and if it was actually worthy of the GT3 name. It has indeed performed well, and has now achieved a total of 24 wins since February of this year. Its most recent win came at Sepang this weekend after a grueling and challenging 12-hour race.

Racing in the Pro-AM category, McLaren factory driver Alvaro Parente and young driver Andrew Watson came together with Hiroshi Hamaguchi and Andrea Caldarelli from McLaren customer racing team FFF-Racing. As the race started, Parente ran the 650S steady in third place. It wasn’t until the first round of pitstops that the FFF-Racing team dropped down to fourth position. From there, they held that position until it began to rain and conditions became so bad the red flag flew and the safety car came out. By the time rain passed, the #55 650S GT3 was leading the Pro-AM class and ran consistently lap after lap.

The track remained wet through the end of the race, but the 493-horsepower McLaren 650S GT3 continued to hold its position, eventually finishing fourth overall and first in the Pro-AM class with Andrea Caldarelli behind the wheel. It should be noted that this was Andrew Watson’s first endurance race, but that was far from evident as he displayed excellent skill and drive to keep the 650S at the top of its class. The victory at Sepang has made 2015 the most successful campaign for McLaren GT since its debut, and this challenging race has given us even more reason to look forward to the next race in 2016.

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2016 McLaren 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 By MSO

2016 McLaren 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 By MSO

If you were at the 2015 Dubai International Auto Show, you would see three customized McLaren models sitting at the company’s booth – a Mclaren 570S, McLaren P1, and an exclusive McLaren 650S Spider named the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79. This custom 650S was developed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO,) and built exclusively for the Middle East market as a tribute to McLaren’s most loyal market.

Ian Gorsuch, McLaren Automotive’s Regional Director of the Middle East and Africa, said, “McLaren Automotive is a true pioneer in its approach to the design and development of high performance sports and supercars, and the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 by MSO is evidence of that. This truly unique project – our first in the Middle East – is inspired by a region that is home to some of our most loyal customers.”

The 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 is said to be inspired by the rich history and culture of the Middle East. Even the name has a meaning related back to the Middle East. “Al Sahara” means Desert when translated from Arabic. “79” is the atomic number of gold – the precious metal that has long been associated with opulence and luxury in the Middle East.

So, now that we know a little about the McLaren 650S Al Sahara 79, or “Desert Gold,” let’s dive into the details and see just what MSO did to this 650S to make it that much more special.

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Chris Harris Puts The Aston GT12 Vs. 991 GT3RS Vs. McLaren 650S: Video

Chris Harris Puts The Aston GT12 Vs. 991 GT3RS Vs. McLaren 650S: Video

When you’re a car presenter and you’re given three sports cars with features unique to their own, picking one over the two others is an incredibly difficult task. But Chris Harris isn’t your typical car presenter. He’s been around this block long enough to know how the game works. In this particular instance, Harris was given a chance to line up three of today’s most desirable sports cars - the Porsche 991 GT3 RS, Aston Martin GT12, and McLaren 650S - to determine which of these three gives prospective customers the most bang for their buck, which in this case would be above £200,000, or a little over $300,000 based on current exchange rates.

In true Harris fashion, the affable presenter neatly laid out the pros of each model, starting with the GT3 RS, a car he says is “natural and intuitive” in every thing it does. Once he was done gushing over the Porsche, Harris turned his attention to the GT12, which is actually sold out. Still, Harris was still able to have a few thoughts on the track-tuned Aston, calling it “outrageous fun” before lamenting on whether it was the best car he has driven in 2015. Then there’s the 650S, without question the fastest and most powerful of the three. Harris didn’t even hesitate calling the 650 “better” in a lot ways than its two rivals.

So, the question Harris eventually wanted to answer was if any of these three supercars are worth their price tags. Like the true gear head that he is, Harris eventually settled on an answer that’s not only predictable, but also shows how hard it is to pick one, even though, technically, the GT12’s sold out status disqualifies it from the choices.

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2016 McLaren 650S Can-Am

2016 McLaren 650S Can-Am

In 1966, the world of racing birthed the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, a sports car series that offered entrants a good deal of flexibility when it came to technical and mechanical specification. As a result, competitors frequently pushed the limits of go-faster tech, especially in the areas of aerodynamics, forced induction, and lightweight materials. One such innovator was New Zealand-born Bruce McLaren, who entered the championship in its inaugural season, eventually going on to take five consecutive championship titles between 1967 and 1971. Now, five decades later, the automaker that bears Bruce’s name is celebrating that dominating performance with this limited-edition 650S Spider.

“Can-Am racing is a major part of McLaren heritage, and this latest model from MSO pays homage to the cars and the racers who played a key role in making the championship such a spectacle during the 1960s and ‘70s,” says Paul Mackenzie, Executive Director of McLaren Special Operations.

While mechanically unaltered over the standard 650S Spider, the 650S Can-Am does bear a variety of exterior modifications that do well in acknowledging McLaren’s past. But can this modern take really recapture some of those old glories?

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 650S Can-Am.

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McLaren 650S GT3 Wins At Blancpain Endurance Series

McLaren 650S GT3 Wins At Blancpain Endurance Series

The 2015 McLaren 650S GT3 made its debut this year, and out of the gate it has proven itself a worthy competitor. Despite running against vehicles like the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and 2014 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, the 650S has come out on top not once, but twice. McLaren customer team Von Ryan Racing previously finished first at Silverstone and had a repeat performance at Nurburgring last weekend.

This most recent win makes it the first vehicle this season to secure two wins in the Blancpain Endurance Series. The win came after several bold calls that resulted in Kevin Estre taking over as the final driver with 70 minutes left in the race. All cars in front of him still had to pit for the last driver change, while Estere worked through the field to take the lead. He eventually finished with a 14-second gap when all was said and done.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 650S GT3.

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McLaren 650S Replacement Rumored To Arrive in 2018

McLaren 650S Replacement Rumored To Arrive in 2018

Employees at the McLaren Technology Center in Woking are currently toiling away developing a replacement for the 2015 McLaren 650S. Internally designated P16 or P14, depending on who you ask, the next car in McLaren’s Super Series will arrive in time for the 2018 model year and could benefit from a new engine and a hybrid drivetrain.

According to Autocar, the new car will produce over 660 horsepower, bettering its rival from Maranello, the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB, and could have as much as 700. Autocar goes on to say it will be powered by a new version of McLaren’s 3.8-liter V-8, but we’ve also heard rumors of an entirely new turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 coupled with an electric motor. McLaren has expressed a desire to see hybrids proliferate beyond the 2014 McLaren P1 hypercar, and it could start with the P16.

It will likely be built around a next-generation version of McLaren’s ultra-light carbon tub, and benefit from advanced chassis systems, including hydro-electric yaw control, anti-squat and dive, active roll control and even torque vectoring, if McLaren goes through with the gas-electric drivetrain idea.

The P16 will also introduce a new styling direction for McLaren and point the direction for future models. McLaren design boss Frank Stephenson (whose credits also include the first BMW Mini, 2004-2005 Maserati MC12 and 2006 Ferrari F430), previously said the new car will be “even crazier” then the P1, which is a good sign. Variants will include a coupe, followed by a folding-hardtop Spider about a year later, and possibly a longtail version a few years after that.

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2015 McLaren 650S GT3

2015 McLaren 650S GT3

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.

Updated 07/27/2015: The McLaren 650S GT3 finished honorably in its most demanding test to date this weekend: two entered entered the Total 24 Hours of Spa and both claimed top 10 finishes. McLaren dropped a very nice picture gallery from the race, so enjoy!

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Ferrari LaFerrari Drag Races McLaren 650S: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Drag Races McLaren 650S: Video

This isn’t a race that you watch to see who wins. As amazing a car as the McLaren 650S is, Ferrari would have to answer to the world’s most irate customers if the range topping LaFerrari hypercar couldn’t outrun a 650S. The purpose of the race in this video is to, as Shmee puts it, show the difference between a supercar and a hypercar. Or to put it another way, the difference between a $1.4 million car and a $267,000 car. There is also nearly a 300-horsepower difference, 950 vs 666.

Even with the winner already being a foregone conclusion, these are some of the most interesting kinds of races to watch, just to see where all of that extra money goes for the more expensive car. It’s especially impressive when you consider that the point at which the LaFerrari is becoming little more than a dot off in the distance, the 650S is traveling at 193mph. Truly incredible.

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Here's Shmee150's Entry For Gumball 3000: Video

Here’s Shmee150’s Entry For Gumball 3000: Video

The Gumball 3000 road rally is scheduled to begin a little later this month, and in anticipation of the off, YouTuber Shmee150 has created a preview video showcasing his personal neon-green 2015 McLaren 650S entry. It’s a brief five-minute piece on the route and car, and should help to stoke the excitement of anyone looking forward to this year’s event.

For those of you out there who have no idea what I’m talking about, the Gumball 3000 is an annual gathering that combines rich and famous VIPs with high-dollar exotica. It’s a celebration of the joys of expensive speed as exhibited through an extended road trip on public roads. Accentuated by flashy parties and a blatant disregard for local speed limits (so I’ve heard), the 3,000-mile journey has been ongoing since 1999, and is notorious for reckless behavior amongst its participants.

The current driver roster for 2015 includes TV-star David Hasselhoff, rapper Bun B, DJ The Alchemist, free-style skier Jon Olsson, skateboarder Tony Hawk, and Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

This year’s Gumball will kick off on May 23rd in Stockholm, where the high-performance caravan will head towards Oslo and Copenhagen before arriving in Amsterdam. The whole rally (including the cars) will then head by plane to Reno, Nevada, followed by a cross over into California towards San Francisco. After SF comes LA, ending with one last party in Las Vegas.

You can check out the official schedule here. If you plan on catching a part of the rally as it passes through your neck of the woods, make sure to bring your camera to capture the hijinks.

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XCAR Reviews McLaren 650S: Video

XCAR Reviews McLaren 650S: Video

Much like Ferrari used to be, McLaren is more a racing team than it is a maker of road cars. Even though McLaren Automotive has technically been a separate entity from the Formula 1 team since 2009, a racing team mentality can still be seen at work in how its road cars are built. This consists primarily of incremental and evolutionary changes to the cars, lots of them, and frequently. This is why the 12C, which was only just launched in 2011, has already been replaced by the 650S, and this has now been joined in the lineup by the 675LT, a tweaked version of the 650S.

That’s a lot of fiddling in just a few short years, and McLaren has given every indication that it will continue to carry on in this fashion. In this video, XCar takes a look at the 2015 650S and talks a bit about how it differs from the 12C, as well as how that McLaren tendency to tinker with designs in order to go just a bit faster was inherited from the company founder, Bruce McLaren. It’s almost more of a review of the company than the car, but it’s a car that has been around for a year already, so the different perspective isn’t a bad thing.

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McLaren 650S Spider With Armytrix Performance Exhaust Makes Some Noise: Video

McLaren 650S Spider With Armytrix Performance Exhaust Makes Some Noise: Video

Even though the McLaren 650S has enough grunt to go head-to-head with million-dollar hypercars, its exhaust sound has always been a bit too mild for some, mainly because the two turbochargers muffle the sound coming from the 3.8-liter V-8. This is what usually happens with cars that use a smallish engine with a lot of boost, but exhaust manufacturer Armytrix has devised a solution for this problem: a valve-controlled titanium exhaust system with three operating modes.

Known car-spotter Shmee150 recently filmed a 650S Spider fitted with an Armytrix exhaust system, and the resulting sound is louder without making bystanders cover their ears. The system comprises ceramic-coated, decatted down pipes, a valve-controlled titanium muffler, matte-black tail pipes and an OBDII remote control module that can give the option of three "loudness modes." The electronically controlled valve can be adjusted depending on the engine’s rpm. You can control the opening of the solenoid valve with a proprietary app that can be installed on both iOS and Android smartphones.

Apart from the obvious improvement in the exhaust note the McLaren also benefits from the lower weight of the titanium system, while horsepower and torque are apparently improved by an undisclosed amount as well. In fact, Armytrix says that the better exhaust sound is nothing but a by-product, and I’m not one to argue with that, although some cold, hard, numbers would have been nice.

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2015 McLaren 650S Spyder VAYU RPR By Fab Design

2015 McLaren 650S Spyder VAYU RPR By Fab Design

Introduced for the 2015 model year as a replacement for the aging MP4-12C, the 650S is already available in five flavors. There’s the regular Coupe and Spider for those looking for a fast and good-looking entry-level supercar, the Sprint for amateur racers, and the more extreme GT3 for enthusiasts wealthy enough to afford a profession motorsport team. The newly launched 675LT brings more horsepower, improved aerodynamics, and a healthy dose of F1 GTR "Long Tail" heritage to the table. And I didn’t even mention the number of unique features customers can have via McLaren’s own customization arm, MSO. But despite having so many options to choose from, the 650S just isn’t as unique as some supercar aficionados would like.

Fortunately for those too picky to live happily with a stock 650S or any of its factory iterations — I know I would be — the folks over at Fab Design have crafted a bespoke package that makes McLaren’s new supercar a bit more special. Better known for modifying Mercedes-Benz products (including Maybach,) Fab Design is also one of the few aftermarket brands to meddle with past McLaren products. Having already launched updates for both the MP4-12 and the SLR McLaren, Fab Design has launched the VAYU RPR, a comprehensive package that turns the 650S Spider into a supercar McLaren’s MSO division can’t build.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 650S Spyder VAYU RPR By Fab Design.

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McLaren Explores The Arabian Peninsula In New 'Desert Run': Video

McLaren Explores The Arabian Peninsula In New ’Desert Run’: Video

Cities like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and others in the United Arab Emirates have become synonymous with supercar culture, but as a driving destination, the region doesn’t have the reputation of, say, the Stelvio Pass in Italy or the Pacific Coast Highway in California.

Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain is the proud owner of a McLaren MP4-12C Spider, and is also the one of the founding members of Supercar Club Arabia. Held in November of 2014, "Desert Run" was the club’s biggest event to date, and attracted 50 participants from all over the region. Lucky for us, McLaren sent a camera crew along for the ride.

The supercar convoy snaked through Oman and along the coast of the Arabian Gulf, where they visited the city of Sohar, the birthplace of Sinbad (the mythical sailor, not the comedian). After crossing back into the UAE, the convoy hit the road to the top of Jebel Hafeet, a winding mountain pass that’s equidistant from Dubai and Abu Dhabi and is a popular destination for drivers looking to get their cars out of congested city centers.

We’re accustomed to videos of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bugattis, McLarens and every other supercar under the sun cruising the boulevards of Dubai, so it’s cool to see where enthusiasts in this part of the world go when they want to drive rather than just be seen.

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Shmee Presents The McLaren 650S MSO Project Kilo: Video

Shmee Presents The McLaren 650S MSO Project Kilo: Video

When it comes to bespoke McLaren supercars, the brand’s Special Operations division is responsible for the most diverse P1 and 650S models, ranging from limited-editions to unique cars tailored to customer-provided specs. We’ve seen about a half dozen 650S units leave the MSO shop in 2014, but none was quite as spectacular as the newly developed "Project Kilo." In case you missed our review, this one-off 650S is equipped with a host of carbon-fiber features, including the roof, air brake, rear bumper and diffuser, side vents, side skirts, front splitter, and door-mirror arms and caps.

And that barely covers the exterior, as this McLaren also sports unique wheels with titanium nuts, bespoke logos, and exclusive Kilo Gray paint, along with several interior add-ons. What makes it even more special is that its name stands for three different things. Besides hinting that this is the lightest factory 650S yet, the "K" in "Kilo" also represents the Kiwi bird, a reference to New Zealand, the birthplace of company founder Bruce McLaren, as well as the owners name. All told, "Project Kilo" is a formidable supercar that speaks volumes of what MSO is capable of when commissioned to create a bespoke McLaren.

The only downside of this project was that the Brits released only a few photos of the actual vehicle, leaving us craving for more. Well, thanks to supercar spotter Shmee150, who stumbled across "Project Kilo" at a detailing shop in London, that’s no longer an issue.

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2015 McLaren MSO 650S "Project Kilo"

2015 McLaren MSO 650S "Project Kilo"

It’s been only a year since McLaren unveiled the 650S at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and the company has been prolific at releasing new derivatives and special-edition versions. As if the GT3, Sprint and 625C weren’t enough to promote the 650S as an amazing sports car for both road and track, McLaren also commissioned its MSO division to create a range of bespoke models for customers looking for something really special. Having launched the Le Mans limited edition in January 2015, MSO now returns to showcase "Project Kilo," probably the lightest 650S ever created.

Finished in a stealthy, dark-gray paint, "Project Kilo" is packed with carbon-fiber goodies, customized parts inside and out, and a 24-carat, gold-plated exhaust heat shield that harkens back to the F1. A massive, motorsport-style diffuser significantly alters its rear appearance, making it look like a race car that has yet to receive its racing livery and rear wing.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MSO 650S "Project Kilo."

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Jenson and Fernando Are Back to the Racetrack: Video

Jenson and Fernando Are Back to the Racetrack: Video

On October 21st of this year, there’s a very good chance you’ll see a swarm of hover boards, rejuvenation clinics, and of course, flying cars, littered throughout your neighborhood. Or at least that’s what fans of the classic 1989 sci-fi comedy Back to the Future Part II would have us believe.

From this video, it looks like McLaren’s Formula 1 drivers, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso are ready and waiting. Featuring some of the best acting seen this side of a press conference, the dynamic duo must decide where to pilot their 650S time machine: either go back to 1988 and relive Ayrton Senna’s epic drive from the back of the grid to second (and possibly prevent his subsequent disqualification), or jump ahead to the Australian GP this coming March.

It’s an interesting question: do you go back, or leap forward? Personally, I’d probably choose visiting the future. I have so many questions: will autonomous vehicles rebel and attempt to enslave the human race? Will Elon Musk go full-bore supervillian mode, retreating to some Moon-based lair to make outrageous demands of the world’s leadership? Will every Audi still look exactly the same? Will MINI’s smallest model outweigh an ocean liner?

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Motor Trend Reviews 2015 McLaren 650S Spider: Video

Motor Trend Reviews 2015 McLaren 650S Spider: Video

Ah, yes… the sun warms your face, the wind whips through your hair, and directly behind you, there sits about 650 charging PS (641 horsepower) from a twin-turbo V-8. Sounds like a pretty amazing combination, doesn’t it? Carlos Lago, host of Motor Trend: Ignition, certainly thinks so. He recently took McLaren’s drop-top supercar, the 2015 650S Spider out for a spin to give us the barebones truth on what it’s like to drive, and by all accounts, it seems to delight and amaze, pitting the senses in a full-frontal assault of speed and blurred scenery.

But is the 650S Spider better than its predecessor, the 12C?

In a word, yes. Absolutely, undeniably yes. The 650S Spider not only benefits from more power, but a bounty of new technology as well, like revised adaptive aerodynamics and suspension. While these attributes do wonders on the track, the 650S Spider is also quite civilized around town, offering a variety of drive modes depending on the given situation.

Okay, so it’s better than the 12C. Good to know. But this video is still worth far more than learning that little tidbit. Seeing this outrageous orange creation slither through scenic California roads and around Willow Springs International Raceway results in some lovely jolts of adrenaline and envy. As for hearing the color commentary over all the action… well, that’s just icing on the cake.

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2015 McLaren 650S Le Mans Limited Edition

2015 McLaren 650S Le Mans Limited Edition

Launched at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren 650S replaced the four-year-old MP4-12C, the company’s first production sports car since the F1 supercar. Available in both coupe and roadster guises, the 650S is motivated by McLaren’s award-winning, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 that’s also found in the 12C and the P1 hybrid supercar. The mill cranks out 640 horses and 500 pound-feet of torque, making the 650S slightly quicker than its competitors. The British sports car also delivers superior top speeds in both body styles. Come 2015, the Brits are expanding the 650S lineup by launching two track-prepped versions and a detuned "Club" model for the Asian market. Additionally, McLaren continues to roll out special-edition versions crafted by its MSO division, the most recent of which is the Le Mans limited edition.

As you might have already guessed, this sports car pays tribute to the iconic GTR racer based on the McLaren F1. The F1 GTR is the only McLaren to win the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995, making 2015 the year that marks two decades since the BMW-powered supercar triumphed in France. To celebrate one of its most important benchmarks in the world of motorsport, McLaren’s MSO division created a host of unique exterior and interior features for the 650S, enabling it to resemble the Le Mans-winning GTR of 1995. Read on to find out what sets this 650S apart from its regular siblings.

Updated 01/20/2015: McLaren officially announced the name and the prices for the latest special edition developed by its McLaren Special Operations units. Built to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the McLaren F1 GTR victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the new 650S Le Mans will be limited to 50 units, each priced at £244,500 - or about $371,500 at the current exchange rates.

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2015 McLaren 650S by "MSO Defined"

2015 McLaren 650S by "MSO Defined"

As if the 2015 McLaren 650S and 625C aren’t awesome enough by themselves, McLaren Special Operations is giving owners more reason to enjoy their exotics with the creation of MSO Defined, a new personalization division under MSO that offers a number of series options for both the 650S and the 625C. In the nutty world of automotive personalization, the MSO Defined division adds even more bespoke goodies to two McLarens that already have those in abundance.

The 650S, in particular, got a splattering of new aerodynamic goodies and bespoke trim options that fall right in line with British supercar brand’s promise of giving its customers a hand in customizing and designing their own McLarens according to their tastes and preferences.

As the first of five tiers of personalization being offered by MSO, the MSO Defined division joins forces with MSO Bespoke, which specializes in creating one-off models. Since MSO’s inception, MSO Bespoke has been responsible for a handful of crazy one-offs, including the 2013 “Mark Cavendish” 12C and the mental 2013 McLaren X-1 that made its jaw-dropping debut at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.

Other MSO divisions include MSO Limited, which is responsible for building limited-edition series production cars like the aforementioned MSO 650S and the 2015 MSO 650S Spider. Then there’s MSO Heritage, which focuses exclusively on the storage and maintenance of historic McLarens, and finally there’s MSO Programmes, which is dedicated to the development of the McLaren P1 GTR Driver Programme.

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Dubai Desert Run To Oman With Shmee150: Video

Dubai Desert Run To Oman With Shmee150: Video

Shmee150 is back at it again, as if anything the man does surprises us anymore. We honestly don’t know how he does it, but every time there’s a gathering of supercars in any part of the world, Shmee150 is immediately on the scene. Does he have some kind of device that transports him to any location on the planet where there are supercars? Does he get an alert on his phone every time an event is about to go down so he can hop inside his teleportation device and jump to where the event is taking place? We ask these questions because of the recent Desert Run, which featured a roster of high-priced exotics partaking in a joyride from Dubai to Oman, included 50 supercars, and guess who else was there. Shmee150! Seriously, what’s your secret, man?

All joking and jealousy-induced barbs aside, the Desert Run featured a litany of supercars that had us furiously trying to name all of them as they appeared on the 10-minute video. We spotted a McLaren P1, a Koenigsegg Agera, a Ford GT, and a handful of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, and McLarens to make us wonder what we have to do to own one of these supercars. Is it really that hard to win the lottery? At one point, a flame-spitting McLaren 12C even made a startling cameo. Goodness gracious.

The video did come with a few humorous moments, including the sight of seeing all these supercars trying to navigate around Dubai traffic. No matter how fast or powerful your are, you’re still subjected to the laws of the stoplight! But what really got us snickering happened later in the video when according to Shmee, all 50 cars that made the joy ride were pulled over simultaneously as they approached the border to the United Arab Emirates. Shmee did say that everything was smoothed over and all 50 cars eventually found their way into their destination in Jebel Hafeet.

In the end, the man looked pretty exhausted after the epic road trip, which might suggest that he’s still human after all.

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Forza Horizon 2 Gets NAPA Chassis Car Pack

Forza Horizon 2 Gets NAPA Chassis Car Pack

Another month has come and gone, so Turn 10 and Playground Games are now bringing us another downloadable car pack for Forza Horizon 2. This one carries the title NAPA Chassis Car Pack, and it comes with six new machines to roll around in. In traditional fashion, the cars cover a wide variety of driving styles and ages. There are two supercars, a pair of classics, a 500-plus-horsepower wagon and a similarly powerful luxury SUV.

The actual cars in the pack are as follows (in handy chronological order no less): 1970 Buick GSX, 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Sport, 2002 Lotus Esprit V8, 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged. 2015 Audi RS6 Avant, and 2015 McLaren 650S Coupe

The AWD and incredible power of the Audi Avant should make it a great all-round choice for players looking to try something different, and the incredible 650S from McLaren will likely find lots of garages to call home. I like seeing Forza still focus on great cult cars like the Lotus and Buick, and dropping in something a little different for those off-road races with the Range Rover seems pretty inspired to me. After reviewing the Supercharged Range Rover myself, I feel like it certainly deserves a slot on the Forza roster.

The pack is available to download today for all Xbox One players, and it carries a price of $5. If you are the proud owner of the Season Pass, these cars are all free. If you just want to try out one of these new cars, the Lotus is available as a separate download all on its own for the low sale price of free.

You can check out a little more info about each car as well as a video showing off all the new machines in action after the break. Be sure to hit those comments with which one is your favorite from this list.

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Video: Porsche 911 GT3 Vs. Ferrari 458 Speciale Vs. McLaren 650S

Video: Porsche 911 GT3 Vs. Ferrari 458 Speciale Vs. McLaren 650S

In a track-day event we are drooling over, AutoCar pitted three of the most well-renowned supercars against each other and against the clock in a competition for king. Set along the winding track of Castle Combe, the three cars battle it out for supremacy.

Steve Sutcliffe is our host and carefully walks us through the three cars one at a time, going back and forth between them like a chef careful to test each masterfully prepared dish. And while we’re not going to spoil the outcome, each car shows its strength and weakness.

Without giving anything away, the Porsche 911 GT3 deserves a medal solely on value. It competes very well with the McLaren and Ferrari costing literally twice as much. The McLaren seems to be Sutcliffe’s favorite driving car and the Ferrari comes across as one of the best vehicles to ever leave Maranello.

So which one wins? Click full screen, turn on HD, and crank the sound. You’ll enjoy the next 12 minutes.

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Video: Chasing The McLaren 650S GT3 In The Woods

Video: Chasing The McLaren 650S GT3 In The Woods

2014 has been a busy year for McLaren and a fun-filled nine months for us so far, in which we’ve seen countless videos of the P1 supercar and the 650S being hooned on the track. We already know what those vehicles are capable of, and boy they certainly are impressive, but the time has come to take a look at one of the company’s newest race cars. We’re talking about the 650S GT3.

Developed as a successor to the highly acclaimed 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 will replace its forerunner in the Blancplain Endurance Series and other GT races starting 2015, hoping to gather more credentials for McLaren as a race car constructor. Essentially an updated 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 showcases the manufacturer’s newly developed racing parts, which include a revised suspension system, a wider track, and new-generation track tires.

Powered by McLaren’s award-winning, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, V-8 engine, the 650S GT3 hits the track with 493 horsepower at its disposal. The oomph is guided to the wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission and kept in balance by an array of race-bred underpinnings and a high-performance braking system. As things stand, the 650S GT3 will be a blast to watch once the 2015 racing season commences. We’re still a few months away, but the Brits are building the hype with a brand-new video showing the race car disturbing a peaceful forest with its ear-piercing exhaust note.

Hit the “play” button and enjoy the drama.

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2015 McLaren 625C

2015 McLaren 625C

Launched at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren 650S replaced the four-year-old MP4-12C, the company’s first production car since the F1 supercar. Available in both coupe and roadster guises, the sports car gets its oomph from McLaren’s award-winning, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8. Although it lacks the P1’s tuning and electric motor, the mill cranks out 640 horses and 500 pound-feet of torque, making the 650S quicker than its Ferrari- and Lamborghini-badged competitors. Going into the 2015 model year, the Brits are rolling out more versions of the 650S. Now that the GT3 and the Sprint have completed the manufacturer’s motorsport-purposed lineup, Woking is introducing a road-legal iteration specifically tailored for the Asian market.

Dubbed 625C, with "C" standing for "Club", this "new" 650S-based rig represents McLaren’s idea of a sports car that focuses on day-to-day usability and comfort without compromising the performance and race-bred feel of the original car. The 625C also marks McLaren’s first effort toward growing its presence globally. Read on for the full details.

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Video: Porsche 918 Spyder vs 650S Spider vs Koeningsegg Agera R

Video: Porsche 918 Spyder vs 650S Spider vs Koeningsegg Agera R

On paper, this may seem like a very silly race. A “low-level” supercar in the McLaren 650S, a hybrid Porsche 918 and an ultra-exotic Koenigsegg Agera R with a top speed of more than 250 mph all lined up for a drag race. Who will win? Obviously since we are interested in this at all, the results will be surprising.

For once I am going to go ahead and spoil things for you by saying that the 918 wins. It may not have a top speed anywhere near the Agera R’s, but thanks to that instant electric torque and AWD, it launches from the line like a rocket. The real interesting story is the McLaren 650S. Considering it is the cheapest and slowest McLaren you can currently buy, it has no place in this fight, but it holds its own surprisingly well.

It just goes to show that even the slowest of the supercars are blindingly quick, especially over short distances in a straight line. Press that little play button to get an eyeful of horsepower, as there are about 2500 raging ponies between these three pieces of metal and carbon fiber. There is also a good bit of roaring exhaust noise, but sadly the quality isn’t the best, so don’t worry about cranking the volume too high on this one.

Why do you think the McLaren did so well in this race? Is the Agera being driven by a rookie? Does the 650S have more power than McLaren says? I want to read your opinions in the comments. As always, I’ll come back later and comment on what you guys said.

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2015 McLaren 650S Pearl White By MSO

2015 McLaren 650S Pearl White By MSO

The McLaren 650S has drained many wallets since debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. That comes with the territory of buying a supercar that costs $265,000. It costs a lot to get your hands on one, but it costs even more if the 650S gets the McLaren Special Operations treatment, which is exactly the case for this thing of beauty right here.

MSO has been responsible for a handful of special-edition 650S models. This time, McLaren’s very own bespoke division created a unique example of the 650S specifically for a McLaren retailer in Paris.

The car itself doesn’t appear to be headed to a specific owner, but will instead be featured at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance event this weekend at Domaine de Chantilly near Paris. It sounds like a fancy event and judging by the way MSO designed this particular 650S, I’ll venture a guess that it’s going to be well-dressed for the occasion.

Hopefully, this 650S finds an owner soon after it shows off for the cameras at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance event. It would be a travesty if nobody gets to enjoy the beautiful work MSO did to this saucy McLaren.

The McLaren 650S is powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that produces 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. The engine is bolted to a seven-speed DSG transmission, allowing it to hit 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 207 mph.

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2015 McLaren 650S Sprint

2015 McLaren 650S Sprint

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.

Updated 09/17/2014: The new McLaren 650S Sprint will make its global competitive premiere this weekend at the penultimate round of the GT Cup race at Donington Park, UK. It will be driven by McLaren GT factory driver Rob Bell, joined by German-based journalist Dale Lomas.

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2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Preview

2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Preview

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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2015 McLaren 650S Spider by MSO

2015 McLaren 650S Spider by MSO

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.

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McLaren Plans to Return to LeMans with the 650S GTE

McLaren Plans to Return to LeMans with the 650S GTE

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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McLaren M838T Engine Takes "Engine of the Year Award" in the "3 To 4 liter" Category

McLaren M838T Engine Takes "Engine of the Year Award" in the "3 To 4 liter" Category

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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2015 McLaren Special Operations 650S

2015 McLaren Special Operations 650S

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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Video: /DRIVE on NBC Sports - Episode 1 "Monaco Special"

Video: /DRIVE on NBC Sports - Episode 1 "Monaco Special"

/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.

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Video: Drive Channel Will Air on NBC Sports

Video: Drive Channel Will Air on NBC Sports

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.

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