The 650S is the successor to McLaren's 12C supercar in their "Super Series" model range. The 650S also follows McLaren's new naming nomenclature of the car's name consisting of its power output (in metric horsepower/PS) followed by a capital letter or two (in this case, "S" stands for "Sport").
In 2015, a track-focused evolution of the 650S, the 675LT, was released, along with a racing variant named the 650S GT3, which replaces the 12C GT3. Also, in 2017, the successor to the 650S, the McLaren 720S, was released, with a new 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 under the codename M840T.
Some might call the 650S a McLaren 12C with a facelift, but that would sell the performance of McLaren’s latest far too short. With the 650S, McLaren delivers a car that is even more refined than the 12C. The 650S is lighter, faster, and more nimble than the 12C and also draws cues from the now-legendary P1. In the supercar horsepower battle the 650S stands its ground with horsepower worthy of its namesake (641 to be exact). True to McLaren form, acceleration is at the forefront, with 60 mph achieved in less than three seconds and more than 120 mph in a little over eight seconds. With features like brake-steering, an F1-influenced drag reduction system, and a body that increases downforce by 40 percent at speeds of 150 mph and above, the 650S is at the top of its game.
The McLaren 650S features a tuned variant of the McLaren 12C's 3.8 L (3,799 cc) twin-turbocharged V8 engine (codenamed M838T), with the new power output rated at 641 hp (478 kW) and torque output rated at 502 ft·lb (680 N·m), although the Forza renditions of the car have a lower torque output of 500 ft·lb (678 N·m). Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed near instantaneous shift dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Based on the 12C with 25% new parts and the same carbon fiber reinforced polymer chassis, the McLaren 650S sports visual cues from the McLaren P1 hypercar and the McLaren 12C GT3 race car. On the front is a 12C-esque front end with the P1's headlights, while the rest of the car is based on the 12C with the rear end being influenced partially by the 12C GT3. It features aerodynamic and driving dynamic improvements, such as brake-steering, a drag reduction system (DRS), and 40% increased downforce at speeds above 150 mph (241 km/h).
The 650S weighs 3148 lb (1428 kg) and has 42% of its weight transmitted to the front. With this weight stat, the 650S has a power-to-weight ratio of 449 hp (335 kW) per tonne.
The McLaren 650S is capable of doing 0 - 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.9 seconds, 0 - 100 mph (161 km/h) in 5.8 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h).
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