This would be my 2nd visit to McLaren KL at Mutiara Damansara, and I was there last week to experience the unveiling of McLaren's latest groundbreaking supercar, the 650S. Join me and find out more about the launch ceremony and the new British supercar.
McLaren Automotive officially announced the existence of 650S early this year, not as the replacement model for the MP4-12C, but adding a new model in McLaren's lineup. The 650S was first revealed to public at Geneva Motor Show last March and now, McLaren KL of Sime Darby Auto Britannia can proudly present it to our Malaysian market.
The beautiful Patricia Sue (Malaysian model, presenter, and DJ) was the emcee for the launch of the McLaren 650S.
Before the unveiling, Simon Rock, Director at Sime Darby Auto Britannia (Left) represented McLaren KL for a welcome speech to the VIP guests and members of the media. George Biggs, McLaren Head of Sales and Operations Asia-Pacific also took the opportunity to say a few words.
"Since launching McLaren in Malaysia last year we have been impressed with the passion and enthusiasm our customers have demonstrated for the brand and our products. We are pleased to continue to showcase the McLaren brand in Malaysia by bringing our latest edition of ground breaking supercars to the region,” said George Biggs.
Watch the short video above and enjoy the moment when the new 650S was unveiled to the public.
(From left) Simon Rock, George Biggs, Dato' Lawrence Lee, Managing Director of Sime Darby Motors and Tan Sri Mokhzani Mahathir, Director of Sime Darby Auto Britannia, graced the Malaysian official launch of McLaren 650S.
Joined by Syed Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz, Head of Retail, Sime Darby Auto Britannia (2nd from Right), Simon Rock and George Biggs attended to the press members for a short QnA session. The questions revolved around topics like price, sales target and marketability.
Now, to the supercar. The 650S is specifically developed to give enthusiast drivers the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement, on both road and track, McLaren says. The 650S looks stunningly beautiful too, as McLaren blends the gorgeous front design of their flagship hypercar P1, into the 650S.
The '650' in its name defined as the 'metric horsepower' of the engine power (650PS), and the 'S' stands for 'Sport'. :)
Other than simply good looking, the new front actually produces 40% more downforce than the 12C. This helps the handling and agility of the car and allow drivers to have better feeling steering the car at corners.
Yes, 650S has the front of a P1, but from the back it's easily recognisable as the car it was based on, MP4-12C; with facelift taken directly from 12C GT3's three-piece bumper. Hmm, so is 650S simply an aesthetic change over 12C? Nope, not at all.
The same M838T 3.8L twin-turbo V8 engine, as the 12C has been upgraded and now, it produces 641hp (25hp more) at 7250rpm and 678Nm of torque (78Nm higher) at 6000rpm.
When this translates onto the road, the 650S can do 0-100km/h in 3 seconds flat and 0-200km/h in 8.6s for the Spider (8.4s for Coupe). These numbers are a significant improvement from the 12C. Top speed is rated 333km/h for Coupe and 329km/h for Spider.
Carbon ceramic brakes and the new Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres are available as standard fitments for the 650S. Another major enhancement done by the McLaren team is recalibrating the powertrain and suspension settings on the ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) system. With this, drivers in 650S can engage in different driving modes - Normal/Sport/Track, automatically switching the car's behaviour from soft and comfortable, to on-the-edge performance.
McLaren's trademark 'Mono-Cell', a unique single piece constructed carbon fiber tub is reiterated in the chassis of 650S. This helps in achieving an incredible total dry weight of 1330kg for Coupe and 1370kg for Spider.
With that low weight figure and upgraded performance, the 650S still manages to keep everyday convenience and luxury features on board; including Meridian high-end performance speakers, parking sensors, rear-view parking camera, dual climate control and more. Not many changes in the interior over 12C's, apart from the Alcantara trim finish.
And, finally the price. The 650S Spider is available to our Malaysian customers at RM2.6 million and...
... RM2.4 million for the 650S Coupe, with tax included.
Three unique 650S were brought in for display that day; The white (in showroom) and the silver (Above) painted ones being the Spider, and that blue 650S Coupe.
The new 650S is not in any way same as the 12C, and no where near the ultimate P1. It is a revised model fitted with important upgrades which McLaren picked up from the P1, and making it an enjoyable performance supercar that is best driven on both road and track.
Judging from the incredible results achieved by the 650S, we can be certain that the British brand is being competitive and staying ahead of the supercar game. McLaren 650S is the British answer to the Italians' Ferrari 458 Speciale.
Enjoy the 650S gallery below. :)