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McLaren 650S revealed, based on 12C

February 16, 2014

McLaren fans prepare to get excited, the first images of the new 650S have hit the web. Although it is an all-new model it is based on the 12C, only with a bespoke interior, powertrain, and suspension setup.

McLaren 650S-blue

Designed to sit in between the 12C and the company’s epic new flagship P1, the 650S is set to bring new levels of performance and technology to the supercar segment.

Engine specifics are yet to be confirmed, however, it’s understood it will come with a tweaked version of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 as seen in the 12C (and P1). Power is expected to peak at around 478kW, which is around 38kW more than what’s offered in the 12C.

As you can see, the 650S wears a similar front end as the one featured on the P1. The headlights form into the front intakes, while the lower front end is all grille and racing-style splitter.

It’s unknown at this stage if the new model will form into a replacement for the 12C or remain as a standalone model. More details will come at the car’s official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, commencing March 6.

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.