Built to slot somewhere between the 12C and the P1, the 650S is about the driver's experience as much as it is about the speed. "Driving excitement is at the absolute heart of the McLaren 650S," said Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive. "Of course the performance figures are important, and they help boost excitement. But they’re only part of the story. This is a car that’s about feel as well as measurement." Despite the focus on feel as well as performance, rumors hint that a more potent variant of the 650S may be in the works.
Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, the 650S coupe is rated for 641 horsepower at 7,250 rpm and 500 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. With that power piped through a seven-speed SSG dual-clutch gearbox to the rear wheels, it's capable of 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 5.7 seconds, and 0-186 mph in 25.4 seconds. The quarter mile flashes past in 10.5 seconds at 139 mph; top speed is 207 mph. It stops as well as it accelerates, too, shutting down from 62 mph in just 100 feet.
More details on the new McLaren 650S, including live photos from its global unveiling in Geneva, can be found here. It will make its North American debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show.