At this year’s 84th International Geneva Motor Show, the latest McLaren supercar will be unveiled, the McLaren 650S. Although details are extremely scant at present, and this is slight supposition, but there is a chance the car will feature a hybrid system similar to that found in the P1.
There are some assumptions that can be made from what little McLaren have mentioned though. For example, the car is likely to be built using similar techniques to those employed in the carbon fibre construction of both the 12C and P1. Likewise, due to the P1’s internal combustion engine being somewhat similar to the 12C’s V8, it is safe to assume McLaren will have gone a similar way with the new 650S too. However, as to whether or not McLaren will add a hybrid system remains a mystery. It makes sense though, considering the incredible performance – both in terms of speed and economy (considering the type of car it is) – that McLaren were able to achieve from the P1’s hybrid drivetrain.
The 650S is, in McLaren’s words,
“Designed and developed to offer the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement, as well as dramatic yet beautiful styling.”
Furthermore, McLaren Automotive have announced the car will sit between the 12C and P1, having taken “learnings from both”. Whether the name 650 is derived from the cars horsepower, kilowatt output, torque or other we cannot say but for comparison, here are those figures from McLaren’s other cars:
- Power: 616 hp (460 kW, 625 PS)
- Torque: 600 Nm (443 lb ft)
- Power: 903 hp (673 kW, 916 PS)
- Torque: 978 Nm (722 lb ft)
Details of the McLaren 650S will be announced in the run-up to the car’s global reveal which will take place on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 12.00CET (11.00GMT), Tuesday 4 March 2014 in Geneva.