Twenty years ago, the 24 Hours of Le Mans race was dominated by the McLaren F1 GTR racing cars, which finished 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 13th in the race. McLaren isn’t one to forget past racing achievements, introducing a new limited-edition McLaren 650S Le Mans model. The limited-run McLaren 650S includes a handful of styling nods to the original race-winning F1 GTR, as well as some modern MSO-developed upgrades.
Available exclusively in coupe form, the McLaren 650S Le Mans proudly wears a roof-mounted “snorkel” air intake, just like the old F1 GTR. The honorific intake contributes to a more aggressive profile, but McLaren says it funnels air to the mid-mounted engine as well as changing up the interior soundtrack. The special-edition car’s font wings utilize louvers for improved downforce, putting pressure on the 19-inch Le Mans Edition wheels up front (20-inches out back).
Despite these changes, the McLaren 650S Le Mans retains the same performance specifications as the standard 650S coupe. The mid-ship 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 continues to produce 641 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, capable of rocketing the 650S from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 207 mph.
Other visual upgrades to the McLaren 650S Le Mans include McLaren MSO-developed side blades and rear diffuser, metallic Sarthe Grey paint, and numerous touches of McLaren Orange on the wheels, rocker sills, brake calipers, and sport seats.
Production volume for the McLaren 650S Le Mans will be limited to 50 units worldwide, with deliveries taking place in mid-2015. Pricing will begin at $320,500.
UPDATE: A McLaren representative tells us that just nine examples will be allocated for U.S. sale.