McLaren’s latest, fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful series-production supercar yet has finally landed in Malaysia! Available as a fixed-head Coupé or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the McLaren 650S could be yours from RM2.4 million onwards, duties and taxes included!
The 650s badge designation refers to the power output of 650PS (641 bhp) while ‘S’ stands for ‘Sport’. The unique 3.8-litre, twin turbo V8 M838T engine features new pistons and cylinder heads that provide a boost in engine power and torque, and these are combined with new exhaust valves and revised cam timing. Further advances have been made to the transmission software to allow faster and crisper gearshifts.
Adding to the aural drama in ‘Sport’ mode is ‘cylinder cut’ technology, which produces an exhaust flare on upshifts. This is achieved by momentarily interrupting the spark and ‘popping’ the fuel on re-ignition. This gives a distinctive engine note, as exhaust sound is amplified, without any loss in performance.
The 650s happens to be the fastest production supercar yet as both the Coupé and Spider models are capable of sprinting from 0-100 km/h in only 3.0 seconds and 0-200 km/h in just 8.4 seconds for the Coupé (Spider 8.6 seconds) while maximum speed is 333 km/h (329 km/h for Spider). The McLaren 650S is also one of the most efficient models in class, returning 11.7 l/100km on the EU combined cycle, and a CO2 figure of 275g/km.
The McLaren 650S models use a Formula 1-inspired carbon fibre chassis. Weighing just 75kg, the MonoCell forms the centre of the McLaren 650S and offers advantages in weight, torsional rigidity, durability, safety and quality. Other technologies with links back to the company’s Formula 1 rich heritage include full wishbone suspension, mid-engine architecture, Brake Steer for enhanced agility, carbon ceramic disc brakes (standard on the McLaren 650S) and active aerodynamics.
Apart from that, the McLaren 650S also benefits from the groundbreaking technologies fitted to other McLaren models. Active aerodynamics, which feature on both the 12C and McLaren P1, have been further developed and honed to ensure the ultimate performance and ability for the McLaren 650S. The McLaren Airbrake, originally fitted to the 12C and 12C Spider and designed to offer optimised levels of downforce on the rear of the car, now works with greater levels of functionality, and offers a greater degree of stability in a wider range of conditions.
The ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) suspension system has been further enhanced for the McLaren 650S. A feature of the system is the ability to adjust the ride and handling modes – Normal / Sport / Track – in isolation from the drivetrain, which gives complete freedom in terms of ride and handling. These settings, for both powertrain and suspension, have been recalibrated to improve driver engagement. The updates are especially noticeable in Sport mode.
New damper mounts offer improved levels of ride comfort and minimise any noise, vibration and harshness carried through into the cabin, while redesigned dampers and springs are coupled with sharper steering. A new lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheel design is fitted as standard on the McLaren 650S, and offers a 6kg weight saving over the standard cast wheel design on the 12C. Finished in silver, and available with an optional stealth or diamond cut finish, the unique design is shod with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.
As standard, the interior is trimmed in lightweight Alcantara, while full leather is also available as an option. These materials extend to include the full headlining, while contrast colour stitching is also available. Fixed-back carbon racing seats, based on the lightweight design found in the McLaren P1, offer upper and lower body support, improve driver engagement, and save 15kg.
The McLaren 650S is now available for bookings at McLaren Kuala Lumpur. Prices start at RM2.4 million for the 650S Coupe while the 650S Spider price starts at RM2.6 million (price quoted includes duties & taxes).
McLAREN 650S SPECIFICATIONS
Drivetrain Layout: Longitudinal Mid-Engine, RWD
Engine Configuration: V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc
Output: 650PS @ 7250rpm
Torque: 678Nm @ 6000rpm
Transmission: 7 Speed SSG
Dry Weight: 1330kg
Fuel consumption (combined): 24.2 mpg
Maximum speed (650S Spider): 333 km/h
0-100 km/h: 3.0 sec
0-200 km/h: 8.4 sec
0-300 km/h: 25.4 sec
Maximum speed (650S Coupe): 329 km/h
0-100 km/h: 3.0 sec
0-200 km/h: 8.6 sec
0-300 km/h: 26.5 sec