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Right about now you can start to put your order in for the new McLaren 650S. Thank goodness the nice Chris Harris has been given one to test so you know what you're going to get. As you would expect from any Chris Harris video review, there is plenty of smoke and sideways action.
The first section of this video, while a little slow is really worth watching. McLaren actually takes you through all the differences between the 650S and the standard 12C. There reall is some rather interesting technical information about the car and the new technologies that have been incorporated into the 650S.
The 3.8 litre McLaren V8 gets a 25 hp boost and an extra 80 Nm of torque for a total output of 650 PS and 678 Nm of torque. From 0-100 km/h now takes just 3.0 seconds and 0-200 km/h (125 mph) only 8.4 seconds. It will hit a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph) and a set of carbon ceramic brakes provide the extra stopping power.
If you are a fan of McLaren, don't forget to check out our McLaren section, McLaren P1 and McLaren F1 reviews.
Another day another McLaren P1 video. This one is awesome.
We've already reviewed the McLaren P1 here at RevToTheLimit. For those who don't know it is the long awaited successor to the mighty McLaren F1, one of our favorite cars ever. The McLaren P1, if not the fastest car in the world (we're sure Ferrari's upcoming LaFerrari will have something to say about that), according to Chris Harris it is the most exciting hypercar.
Chris Harris is lucky enough to get a full rundown of the technical details from Chris Goodwin who was the Chief Test Driver for McLaren Automotive. He then gets to thrash the P1 on the new $1.2 million McLaren P1 at the Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit in Abu Dhabi at night. Fair warning, the McLaren P1 video is almost 30 minutes long. It is worth watching the whole thing.
While there are a few other good videos online this week of the 903bhp McLaren P1, the other favorite we have is the Autocar review. They definitely agree with Chris Harris that the P1 is certainly one of the most exciting hypercars ever. But is it better than a Porsche 918 Spyder? That was the question that Steve Sutcliffe, one of the few in the world to have driven both had asked when making the below McLaren P1 video.
You can't accuse McLaren of resting on their laurels. They're at it again with a brand new model, the third car in McLaren's growing lineup, the 650S. The 650S is going to debut at 2014 Geneva Motor Show early next month.
McLaren has shared a small snippet above of the car, just enough to get us excited but not enough to give us details of what the thing will look like. According to the British brand, the 650S "takes learnings from both the 12C as well as the sell-out McLaren P1 and will be positioned between the two on McLaren Automotive’s supercar grid".
We've asked around and checked out the internet and what we're hearing is that the name refers to the car's output at 650PS or 641hp, up from the 12C's 616hp. The engine is based on the same 3.8-liter Twin Turbo V8 engine powering both the P1 and 12C.
There is little doubt that McLaren is chasing Ferrari. The 650S is McLaren's answer to the Ferrari 458 Speciale and the fourth car in the lineup, the entry level car is also under development. The entry level car is aimed at the 911 Turbo and is known as the P13.
Fresh off today's rumors from Autocar that the McLaren P1 destroyed the 'Ring to the tune of six minutes and 30+ seconds. If this is true, it would put the McLaren P1 into a class of its own, beating the recent awesome time by the Porsche 918 Spyder. We decided to review the McLaren P1 and summarize what we've heard to date. Perhaps the best summary thus far came from Jeremy Clarkson, who said ""The P1 is a car that runs silently when you're in town and then rips your face off when you aren't"