2015 McLaren 650S – Exotic Redefined

Posted by: Bernard Winkelmann onJune 24th, 2015

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I recently had the privileged of driving a car that most people can only dream of driving. Sure, you can pay a sum of money and head to LA or Las Vegas and rent one for a few laps, but those types of experiences are all about thrill seeking. When you get the opportunity to drive an exotic super-car, you take it and enjoy every moment of it.

I’m not going to bore you with the details of what makes up a 650S. That type of information can be found on the internet. Lets talk about how the car looks and feels.

The 650S literally looks like the bridge design between where McLaren production cars started and where they are now. The front is all P1 / 570S and the rear is all MP4-12C. The car is striking. I really love the front of the car. It’s aggressive and unique without being arrogant. The rear of the car is all business. It’s neat, tidy and functional. The high mounted exhaust exits are perfectly placed and convey that the 650S is no ordinary car. Some say it is the face-lift of the 12C, but other say it is a step up bringing it closer to the P1.

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To add to the exotic quotient, McLaren fitted the 650S with butterfly doors (McLaren calls them dihedral doors). When you park the car, heads start to turn as the doors raise toward the sky. Climbing into the cockpit has you straddling a threshold that is surprisingly small for a carbon tub chassis. Inside you find an interior that is covered in Alcantara, carbon or leather. Plastic is relegated to high use items like buttons or air vents (but they look like metal). HVAC controls are on the doors and individualized for both the driver and passenger. It is a nice touch that keeps the clutter out of the center console. Speaking of the center console, McLaren went with a waterfall like stack that has very few buttons and a touch screen. Most importantly, there are dedicated switches to control the suspension and transmission modes.

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