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2016 McLaren 650S: Overview

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author photo by Doug DeMuro June 2016

What's New For 2016?

After going on sale last year, the 2016 McLaren 650S adds several newly standard features that were formerly optional, including a backup camera, a front axle lifter, a premium sound system and a host of carbon-fiber accessories that buyers can now choose at no additional cost.

What We Like

Amazing performance; head-turning styling; lots of high-tech gadgets

What We Don't

Impractical; expensive; not as much name recognition as rivals like Ferrari and Lamborghini

Overview

The 2016 McLaren 650S is an exotic sports car offered in two versions: a hardtop coupe and a retractable-roof convertible model dubbed the 650S Spider. The two models replace the McLaren MP4-12C, from which the similar-looking 650S carries over a large number of parts.

An example of a shared part between the MP4-12C and the 650S? The engine, which is McLaren's excellent 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8, the same basic powertrain that's also used in McLaren's high-performance P1 supercar. But while the engine made 616 horsepower in the MP4-12C, it's now up to 641 hp and an impressive 500 lb-ft of torque. The result is a 0-to-60 time of just 3 seconds and top speeds as high as 205 miles per hour.

Another striking similarity between the MP4-12C and the all-new 650S: exterior styling. The 650S boasts much the same bold design as last year's MP4-12C, albeit with a few minor updates, including a revised front end, a new rear end and redesigned wheels. The general profile is similar, though, and we suspect most non-enthusiasts will have a hard time telling apart the two sports cars.

As for pricing, the 650S plays in the high-dollar world of Ferrari, Lamborghini and other exotic car brands. Even with several newly standard features this year, the exotic 2-seater starts around $266,000 with shipping for the coupe, while the open-top 650S Spider is closer to $281,000 including destination. Those are huge figures, but the price tag is backed up by one of the most amazing performances of any modern car in existence.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
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