The Hakone Turnpike rests at the base of the Izu Peninsula, just an hour south of Tokyo, Japan. The road winds up to nearly 3,300 feet from sea level, and cuts through dense woodland and Japanese cherry trees. Built in the 1960s, the Hakone Turnpike is one of Japan’s most iconic roads, and the McLaren 650S Spider rises to the challenge of climbing it in this latest video.
The driver folds down the convertible top with the push of a button, and after paying the toll, the 650S Spider sprints away with its 641 hp. As the speed picks up, and the road becomes more challenging, the McLaren’s capabilities, Proactive Chassis Control, and carbon-ceramic brakes are put to the test. A gap in the trees shows off Sagami Bay, making this road not only a beautiful sight for tourists, but a mecca for automotive enthusiasts around the world.
The higher up the road the McLaren 650S Spider climbs, the cooler the weather becomes, and less trees are in bloom. The Hakone Turnpike proves to be even more of a challenge with uneven road surfaces and tighter corners. But through it all, the car appears to remain composed and in control.
Watch the video below to see the McLaren 650S Spider take on Japan’s iconic Hakone Turnpike and hear the growl of the twin-turbocharged V-8 engine echo off the canyon walls.