What’s new?The 650S is essentially an evolution of the 12C, but with such a comprehensive spectrum of upgrades that symbolically it’s more like a brand new car. It’s faster, better balanced and has an even broader range of talents at both ends of the performance/comfort scale.
Its mighty turbocharged V8 engine now has the sort of power you only used to get in unobtanium-rare hypercars, and the fact that the 650S is half a second faster to 100mph than the legendary McLaren F1 tells its own story. This thing is crushingly, breathlessly fast.
Looks and image
McLaren’s engineers and test drivers are keen to point out that styling is a mere trifle of a concern that comes after making sure the mechanicals are the best in the business. That said, a new front end adds significant downforc...