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2015 McLaren 650S – Exotic Redefined

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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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New York: The Almost Affordable McLaren 570S Coupé

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I’ve been supporting McLaren in Formula One for as long as I can remember, cheering on the likes of Senna, Häkkinen, and Montoya in the glory days. Sure they’re dead last in F1 this year, and it’s been painful watching them struggle, but there’s nowhere to go but up at this point for the second oldest Formula One team on the grid. Their new road car division however, has been really hitting the marks with products that caters to Generation X’ers struggling through mid-life crisis with really deep pocket books. And today, with the unveiling of the McLaren 570S Coupé, the price of admission just got a little more affordable.

Targeting the upper sports car customers, McLaren has aggressively set the target in the $180,000 range, making the 570S by far the most attainable McLaren to date. First in the line of the newly minted McLaren Sports Series, the 570S brings race derived technology and unparalleled performance into this sports car segment held by the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Audi R8, and the now discontinued Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

What does McLaren bring to the table? The 570S features the only car in its class with a Carbon Fiber monocoque, dubbed the MonoCell II in McLaren speak. Derived from the 650S’s MonoCell, it weighs around 170lbs in the 570S, offers exceptional strength and stiffness, and brings the weight of the 570S down to around 2900lbs. The engine, another derivative from the 650S, pumps out 562hp (570PS, hence the name), giving the 570S a blistering 5.2lb/hp power to weight ratio. The combination results in a 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds, 0-200km/h blast in 9.5 seconds, and a top speed of 204mph in a mid-engine RWD package under $200k. Isn’t it great having big brother pay all the R&D bills?

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McLaren P1 GTR production model debuting in Geneva

The GTR nomenclature has always held a special meaning to the folks at McLaren. The F1 GTR was a racing champion in its day, and the coupe’s overall victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans went a long way towards cementing that supercar as a world icon. Now, McLaren is bringing the trio of lette…


Rowan Atkinson selling his McLaren F1 for $12M

Likely most associated in North America with his portrayal as the bumbling Mr. Bean, British comedian Rowan Atkinson has been quite an auto fanatic for years, making several appearances and at least one crash at the Goodwood Revival. When not racing or acting, he’s known for driving a dark purpl…


McLaren Sports Series rumoured to produce ‘well over’ 500 horsepower

McLaren uses a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 in its two current cars, and that engine will feature in its third, entry-level car, too. It registers 727 horsepower in the P1, 641 hp in the 650S, and, while it’s only speculation for the moment, Autocar reports that the coming McLaren Sports Series will …


McLaren P1 looks retrolicious in Gulf livery

We live in a bit of a conundrum over here in the Autoblog editorial office. On the one hand, we’re big fans of progress – and things move fast in the automotive industry. On the other, we do like a bit of retro style from time to time – especially when it comes to classic racing live…


McLaren confirms Alonso, keeps Button

Every year a big game of musical chairs breaks out in the Formula One paddock, as some drivers try to hold on to their seats, some try to grab new ones and others are left without a seat for the following season. McLaren has been extremely reluctant to announce who would be sitting in its carbon…


McLaren and Honda rekindle a winning combination

With the 2014 Formula One World Championship now drawn to a close, all eyes are fixed on next season. And for both McLaren and Honda, that means the dawn of a new era – or hopefully, the return to one bygone.

After twenty years running Mercedes engines, McLaren is switching back to Hond…


McLaren teases new Sports Series in development

Hot on the heels of confirming its upcoming “entry-level” model, McLaren has released a solitary teaser image of that new vehicle undergoing testing.

Known until now as the P13, the McLaren Sports Series is set to take on the likes of the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 GT3. Like the rest of the…


McLaren’s entry-level P13 will be called Sports Series

McLaren is dropping its alphanumeric model-naming scheme when it comes to its upcoming model to slot into the bottom of the brand’s supercar lineup. Unlike the 650S or P1, the vehicle previously known as the P13, is now rechristened with an actual title as the Sport Series.

The announcement…


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