McLaren Host Private Presentation for 650S Model Ahead of Geneva Debut

By Paul Joseph

McLaren Automotive held a private presentation to showcase its eagerly awaited 650S model earlier this week, ahead of the supercar’s official global debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Based on the McLaren MP4-12C which launched in 2011, the 650S has been billed as the manufacturer’s “fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful series-production supercar yet”.

Available as a fixed-head coupé or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the 650S badge designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp) – of the unique British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine.

The front bumper gives the McLaren 650S a dramatic, yet clean appearance and sits below new LED headlamps which reflect a similar look to the McLaren P1, which launched at last year’s Geneva show.

The more integrated front splitter contributes to increased levels of downforce, whilst door blades behind the front wheels direct air from the trailing edges of the front splitter, further benefiting front-end grip and vehicle balance.

“As always with McLaren, the new design is there for good engineering reasons,” says McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. “The newly designed front bumper improves downforce and steering turn-in. The high speed handling balance is now even better. The LED lights use less power and last longer.”

The global reveal of the McLaren 650S will take place on 4th March 2014 at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.

Better known as a Formula One team, McLaren have designed high-end road sports cars since 1989.

By Paul Joseph