Perhaps the biggest criticism of the outgoing MP4-12C was that the design was a little too understated for a supercar. Although invigorating to drive, it didn’t stir the soul like its competitors. Enter the 650S.
Heavily influenced by the elite P1 and its biomimicry-inspired design language, the 650S furthers McLaren’s vision of the supercar and its “form follows function” philosophy. Says CEO Mike Flewitt, “The new design gives important engineering and driver benefits. Yet it’s not just about improving the numbers. The McLaren 650S also dials up the design drama and driving excitement.”
But the 650S is also meant to be the every day supercar. Turn a few knobs, and the 650S pulls back on the aggressive performance settings so it can be driven with more civility. “‘The McLaren 650S is a multi-purpose, high performance sports car, and is thrilling to drive. No other series-production sports car on sale today offers such a breadth of capabilities,” says Flewitt. “It is faster than many other ultra-sports car rivals, yet there is no compromise in luxury. It has all the refinement and comfort you would expect from McLaren, and all the power and excitement as well.”