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McLaren has revealed a more comfortable, but less powerful, version of the 650S, which will be known as the McLaren 625C.

The 625C features a version of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 that’s also featured in the MP4-12C and 650S, as well as the hybrid P1.

In the 625C, McLaren’s V8 has been tuned to deliver, what it claims to be, enhanced driveability. With 460kW of power and 610Nm of torque on hand, the 625C’s engine is down 18kW and 68Nm from the 478kW/678Nm version available in the 650S.

According to McLaren in the C suffix stands for club, while the numbers in this model’s name refer to amount of metric horsepower (PS) available: 625.

McLaren 625C coupe and Spider

In the coupe acceleration from 0-100km/h is claimed to take 3.1 seconds, which is down just 0.1s from the 650S. At 8.8 seconds, the 625C hits the 200km/h mark 0.4s slower than the 650S.

The top speed of 333km/h in the coupe and 329km/h in the Spider is said to be unchanged from the 650S. The new variant also shares the combined EU fuel economy rating of 11.9L/100km with its more powerful forebear.

New dampers and a softer spring rate at the rear are claimed to deliver the “most refined ride of any McLaren model to date”. The ProActive Chassis Control system has also been tweaked, although three different modes (normal, sport and track) are still available.

It’s unknown, at this stage, whether the detuned 625C will be available in Australia. The new 625C, in both coupe and Spider body styles, will go on sale first in Hong Kong, with availability in “selected other markets across the Asia Pacific region … [to be] announced in the coming months”.




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