McLaren is one of the most competitive car manufacturers in the world, always raising the level of performance with the sports cars it creates. At last year’s Geneva Auto Show the newest of their vehicles has been introduced to the public, the McLaren P1, considered the most aerodynamically advanced car in the world. Today, at this year’s Geneva Show which has just started, McLaren reveals another spectacular vehicle, the 650S Spider.
The McLaren 650S Spider is the convertible version for those who want a more hardcore 12C Spider. The supercar is powered by a twin-turbo V8 3.8-liter engine that develops 650 HP (478 kW) and 678 Nm (500 lb-ft) of torque. It sprints the 0-62 mph in just 3 seconds. For the 0-120 mph it needs 8.6 seconds. These figures are a little raised compared to its coupe relative. This is due to an increase in weight. The 12S Spider has a total weight of 1,370 kg (3,020 lbs). The extra kilograms are provided by the retractable hard top and the roof mechanism that comes together with it.
The McLaren 650S Spider features some elements borrowed from its relative, such as the heated glass rear window that works independently of the roof and when the top is down will behave as a wind deflector to diminish cabin buffeting. When the roof is up the rear window can be lowered in order to enjoy more engine noise. The two models can be seen together at the Geneva Motor Show. The 650S Coupe is priced from 195,250 GBP and the Spider begins at 212,250 GBP, making both models about 20,000 GBP more expensive than the 12C versions. Deliveries of the two 650S models will begin sometimes this spring.
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