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McLaren 650S does 0-100km/h in 3.0s, 1/4 mile in 10.5s

February 28, 2014

Performance figures for the recently revealed McLaren 650S have been announced. And boy are they impressive. The new model sits between the 12C and the P1 in the company’s showroom, offering staggering performance.

McLaren 650S drifting

Even though it is a junior to the phenomenal new P1 hypercar, the 650S is showing very good promise. As we already know, the car features a tweaked version of the 12C’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8. In this it produces 478kW (650PS) and 678Nm.

It’s able to propel the 12C-based supercar from 0-100km/h in just 3.0 seconds flat with the standard Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres. It’s also capable of 0-200km/h in just 8.4 seconds, 0-300km/h in 25.4 seconds, and a quarter mile 10.5 seconds at 224km/h.

McLaren explains that is not all about speed and acceleration though. The interior is luxuriously and technologically equipped, with Alcantara interior trim, a comprehensive IRIS sat-nav multimedia system with a large touch-screen platform, a rear parking camera, and there’s even an electric steering column. McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt explains,

“Driving excitement is at the absolute heart of the McLaren 650S. Of course the performance figures are important, and they help boost excitement. But they’re only part of the story. This is a car that’s about feel as well as measurement.”

The new model will make its public debut at the Geneva show next week, before going on sale later this year.

Full specifications below:

Drivetrain Layout Longitudinal Mid-Engine, RWD Track, F/R (mm) 1656 / 1583
Engine Configuration V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc Length (mm) 4512
EnginePS / rpm 650 / 7250 Width (mm) 2093
Torque Nm / rpm 678 / 6000 Height (mm) 1199
Transmission 7 Speed SSG Dry Weight (kg / lbs) 1330 / 2932
Body Structure Carbon Fibre MonoCell withAluminium Front and Rear Frames Active Aerodynamics McLaren Airbrake
Wheelbase (mm) 2670 Suspension ProActive Chassis Control
Brakes Carbon Ceramic Discs with Forged Aluminium Hubs (F 394mm/R 380mm) ProActive Chassis Control modes Normal / Sport / Track
Tyres (F/R) Pirelli P Zero Corsa 235/35 R19 /Pirelli P Zero Corsa 305/30 R20 Powertrain Modes Winter / Normal / Sport / Track
Wheel Sizes (F/R) 19” x 8.5”J / 20” x 11” J


Efficiency CO2 275 g/km
Fuel consumption (combined) 24.2 mpg
Power to weight (with lightweight options) 500 PS (493 bhp) /tonne
CO2/power 0.42 g/km per PS
Speed Maximum speed (650S Spider) 333 km/h (207 mph)
Acceleration 0-100 kph (62 mph) 3.0 s*
0-200 kph (124 mph) 8.4 s*
0-300 kph (186 mph) 25.4 s*
0-400 m / ¼ mile 10.5 @ 224 km/h (139 mph)*
Braking Braking 100-0 km/h     30.5 m (100 ft)
  200-0 km/h     123 m (404 ft)
  300-0 km/h     271 m (889 ft)

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.