Wraps come off McLaren’s new mean ma­chine

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Carmel Ste­wart

THE of­fi­cial stats be­hind the new McLaren 650S are un­de­ni­ably im­pres­sive.

The stan­dard sprint of zero to 62mph takes three sec­onds; it’ll hit 124mph in 8.4 sec­onds be­fore zap­ping on to its top speed of 207mph.

It is pow­ered by a twin­tur­bocharged 641bhp, V8 en­gine linked to a sev­en­speed dual clutch. With per­for­mance lev­els as they are, it is com­fort­ing to know that it has been fit­ted with car­bon ce­ramic brakes which sit be­hind unique 650 light­weight al­loys.

The 650S will be avail­able in two body styles – Coupe and Spi­der – when it reaches the show­rooms later this month. Pric­ing starts at a cheek-suck­ing £195,250 for the for­mer, with the lat­ter re­quir­ing buy­ers to dig a lit­tle deeper for the £215,250 ask­ing price. De­spite the additional cost, McLaren ex­pects the vast ma­jor­ity of buy­ers to opt for the Spi­der with its re­tractable fold­ing hard top.

Stan­dard spec in­cludes satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion with Blue­tooth, DAB dig­i­tal ra­dio, au­dio stream­ing and voice con­trol. Fixed-back car­bon rac­ing seats, elec­tric steer­ing col­umn and rear park­ing cam­era are ex­tra.

The first mod­els have al­ready rolled off the pro­duc­tion line and are wing­ing their way to Switzer­land ready for next week’s of­fi­cial un­veil­ing at the Geneva Mo­tor Show.

FAST MOVER: The McLaren 650S boasts a top speed of 207mph.

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