McLaren today announced performance estimates for its new 650S supercar that will debut publicly next week at the 2014 Geneva auto show. The McLaren 650S will accelerate to 62 mph in 3.0 seconds, complete a standing quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds at 139 mph, and top out at 207 mph.
The McLaren 650S slots in between the existing, 616-hp 12C and the 903-hp P1 in the British company's lineup. Like both of those cars, the McLaren 650S uses a carbon-fiber monocoque with aluminum front and rear structural frames. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 engine rated for 641 hp (or 650 PS, hence the car's name) and 500 lb-ft of torque, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmits motive force to the 20-inch rear Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires. The fact that the car only weighs a claimed 2932 pounds dry helps enable such impressive acceleration times.
In fact, so fast is the 650S that it puts one of McLaren's most famous cars to shame. Sold from 1993 through 1998, the McLaren F1 had 627 hp and took a claimed 3.2 seconds to hit 62 mph. The erstwhile F1, however, has the new car beat with a top speed of 225 mph. As for McLaren's current cars, the British company says a 12C coupe hits 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and also tops out at 207 mph, while the P1 rockets to the benchmark in 2.8 seconds and is electronically limited to 217 mph.
The McLaren 650S will also stop nearly as well as it accelerates, with McLaren claiming the car's carbon-ceramic brakes bring it to rest from 62 mph in just 100 feet, and can stop it from 186 mph in only 404 feet. On top of all that, McLaren even claims the 650S can average 20 mpg combined in European testing.
Although these figures apply only to the McLaren 650S coupe, a Spider convertible version will also be available when the car goes on sale this spring. McLaren has not yet confirmed U.S.-market pricing, but in the U.K., the 650S Coupe will start at £195,250, equivalent to about $325,700, while the Spider will cost £215,250 ($359,000).