McLaren will reveal a new supercar called the McLaren 650S at the 2014 Geneva auto show next month. Positioned between the existing McLaren 12C and McLaren P1 supercars, the 650S will compete with the likes of the Ferrari F12 berlinetta and the Porsche 911 Turbo.
We previously thought that a McLaren supercar like this would be called the P15, but this new 650S alphanumeric seems to suggest the possible horsepower rating of this new McLaren. If so, 650 hp would slot in neatly between the 616-hp McLaren 12C and the ridiculous, 903-hp P1. McLaren says that this new car will take cues from both of these bookending models, so we can expect rakish looks, Formula 1-inspired aerodynamic elements, and advanced technologies like the 12C’s active suspension.
Not much is known about the new car thus far. The McLaren 650S will likely be powered by some sort of mid-mounted, turbocharged powertrain, and should adopt a similar carbon-fiber body shell as the 12C and P1 supercars. This would presumably make the McLaren 650S lighter than competitors like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, which makes 731 hp from a 6.3-liter V-12 engine but weighs more than 4000 lbs.
We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the newest addition to the McLaren stable, so stay tuned for more information about the McLaren 650S leading up to its Geneva debut in just a few weeks.