Car News: 2014 Geneva Auto Show
McLaren 650S Confirmed Ahead of Geneva Debut
- McLaren's new 650S supercar to offer 641 hp
- The 650S will come as a coupe or convertible
- The supercar will officially debut at the Geneva Auto Show
McLaren is rolling out an all-new supercar. The McLaren 650S has been officially revealed online ahead of its debut at this year's Geneva Auto Show, where it will likely make a huge splash thanks to its exotic styling and wild performance.
On the outside, the all-new 650S looks like a combination of the brand's MP4-12C exotic sports car and the upcoming P1 hypercar. Details borrowed from the P1 include its front end and its overall side profile, while the rear end is highly similar to the MP4-12C's. The 650S also features the same upward-tilting doors you'll find on both the P1 and the MP4-12C.
The 650S also carries McLaren's unique design language into the interior, where it features a narrow console and a center-mounted vertical screen. Other cabin features include carbon fiber trim, cockpitlike gauges, a thick, flat-bottomed steering wheel and center-mounted buttons in place of a transmission lever.
Of course, the most important question is what's under the hood. McLaren has answered that by announcing the 650S will carry the same 3.8-liter turbocharged V8 found in its other models -- this time tuned for a muscular 641 horsepower. That places it right in the middle of the MP4-12C's 616 hp and the P1's 727 hp.
The 650S is also expected to slot between the MP4-12C and the P1 in terms of pricing. While McLaren hasn't announced final numbers, we'd expect to see the 650S start somewhere in the $300,000-to-$350,000 range. That places it much closer to the $240,000-plus MP4-12C than the $1.15 million P1.
And what if you want to drive your all-new McLaren supercar with the top down? Don't worry: The brand says a retractable hardtop convertible will be available alongside the coupe when the 650S goes on sale this spring.
What it means to you: The McLaren 650S brings yet another tempting choice to the world of the high-dollar supercar.