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by Matt Campbell

The new McLaren 650S is now available to order, and it undercuts one of its main supercar rivals.

The new model starts at $441,500 for the 650S Coupe and $486,250 for the 650S Spider – or $43,500 more than the existing MP4-12C Coupe and $44,470 dearer than the MP4-12C Spider, respectively. That pricing makes it more affordable than the Ferrari 458 Italia ($525,417) and 458 Spider ($588,451). But it is dearer than the all-new Lamborghini Huracan, which in Coupe guise sells at $428,000.

The mid-engined model is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine producing 478kW of power at 7250rpm and 678Nm of torque at 6000rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed auto, and it features 19×8.5-inch wheels at the front and 20x11s at the rear, with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres as standard.

McLaren claims the new model can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.0 seconds, and from 0-200km/h in only 8.4sec. The company even goes as far as to claim a 0-300km/h sprint time of 25.4s. Fuel use is claimed at a relatively miserly 11.7L/100km, and the car boasts a low dry weight of 1330kg.

The car features three chassis control modes (Normal, Sport and Track) and four powertrain selections (Winter, Normal, Sport and Track). 

McLaren 650S and 650S Spider: Key features by model
Satellite navigation
Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
Reverse-view camera
Alcantara interior trim
Fixed-back carbon racing seats
Carbonfibre interior trim
Electric steering column adjustment
Three chassis modes and four powertrain modes
Carbon ceramic brakes (394mm front and 380mm rear)
19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels
Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres
Airbrake active aerodynamic rear brake spoiler

McLaren 650S pricing (plus on-road costs):
McLaren 650S Coupe – $441,500
McLaren 650S Spider – $486,250




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