McLaren 650S first official photos released

McLaren has released the first official photos of its new 650S coupe which is set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month before going on sale in April 2014.

The company is describing the car as its “fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful” production supercar yet.

The 650S will be available in both coupe and Spider forms, the latter using a retractable folding hard top.

Power comes from a 650PS (hence the name) twin-turbo V8.  Although the company hasn’t released any performance figures yet, they say it will improve on those offered by the 12C.  0-62mph is widely expected to be achieved in around 3.0 seconds.

McLaren says the design of the 650S, while inspired by that of the P1, shows their first use of a new design language, with new LED headlights, an integrated front splitter, and a pair of door-mounted ‘blades’ that further optimise aerodynamic performance.

The new look is said to be responsible for creating greater down-force leading to improved steering turn-in.

The 650S will also feature various active aerodynamic systems such as the Airbrake, although on the new car the system deploys not just during braking, but whenever the car senses additional down-force would be useful.

McLaren’s ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) suspension system has been upgraded for the 650S, with further optimisation to its Normal, Sport and Track modes to improve driver engagement.

However, the 650S is not a racing car for the road.  Standard equipment includes Iris satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB digital radio, plus options such as electric steering column adjustment, rear parking camera and carbon-fibre seats.

Price, should you need to ask, is likely to be around £195,000 for the Coupe, and £215,000 for the Spider.

McLaren will release more information on the 650S at the Geneva Motor Show on 4th March.