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McLAREN Automotive will return to the International Geneva Motor Show this year with its fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful series-production supercar yet, according to the British manufacturer.

The McLaren 650S joins the range as an additional model alongside the 12C and sold-out P1 and learns from both models, as well as 50 years of competing at the highest levels of motorsport. Available as a fixed-head coupé or a Spider with a retractable folding hardtop, the McLaren 650S promises to redefine the high-performance supercar segment and has been designed and developed to provide the ultimate in driver engagement on the road and the racetrack.

The 650S badge designation refers to the power output - 650hp or 478kW - of the unique British-built McLaren M838T twin-turbo V8 engine. The S stands for Sport, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement. Performance figures will be confirmed ahead of the Geneva Show but will improve on the already rapid 12C, which continues to be on sale.   

The design is inspired by the P1, previewing a new family design language. The front bumper gives the 650S a dramatic yet clean appearance and sits below new LED headlamps that reflect a similar look to the P1. The more integrated front splitter contributes to increased levels of downforce, giving a greater level of steering feeling and confidence to the driver on turn-in while also adding to the agility and the car’s handling balance. Unique door blades behind the front wheels direct air from the trailing edges of the front splitter, further benefiting front-end grip and vehicle balance.

The McLaren 650S is designed to be the best and most engaging driver’s car in its class, yet it is not a stripped-out road racer. Ride comfort and refinement are to executive-saloon standards. The 650S models are equipped with IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio (Sirius satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control as standard while also offering enhanced levels of optional specification than previously offered.

Options include fixed-back carbon racing seats based on the lightweight design found in the P1, electric steering-column adjustment assisting ingress and egress, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fibre throughout the interior.

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