Feb 28 2014, 10:46pm CST | by Forbes
As expected, the McLaren 650S is slightly faster than the 12C on which it is based, accelerating from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 3.0 seconds. That’s a slim margin, at only 0.1 seconds faster than the 12C. Coincidentally, the 650S also beats the Ferrari F12 and Porsche 911 Turbo by the same amount.
But in a sprint to 124 miles per hour, the 650S is 0.4 seconds quicker than the 12C, thanks to its additional 24 horsepower when compared with the 12C. The 650S takes a scant 8.4 seconds to hit that impressive speed. Nearly half a second is a significant margin in the world of super cars.
Braking distances, projected fuel economy and top speed are identical between the McLaren 650S and 12C. Both top out an amazing 207 miles per hour, yet also achieve 24.2 miles per gallon in the European fuel-economy test cycle.
As fast as it is, the new McLaren 650S still doesn’t come close to the performance of the otherworldly McLaren P1, a million-dollar plug-in hybrid electric super car that was announced last year. (Read more about it here.) The P1 rockets to 124 miles per hour in 6.8 seconds. A few decades ago, most super cars took that long to reach 62 miles per hour.
The 650S also can’t touch the P1 in terms of efficiency, which isn’t surprising given that the P1 has a plug-in electric hybrid powertrain that allows it to achieve an impressive 34 miles per gallon in the European test cycle.
The McLaren 650S is similar to the 12C, but has aerodynamic, chassis and performance enhancements. It will be available in Europe staring in late March as a coupe and a convertible. Read more about the 650S here.
Though U.S. pricing has not yet been announced, British automotive publications have listed the starting price for the McLaren 650S Coupe at 195,000 pounds, and the 650S Spider at 215,000 pounds. That’s $326,605.50 and $360,103.50 at current exchange rates.
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