For quite some time now Mclaren has stopped building the MP4-12C which was one of the brilliant production cars that came out from the British Sportscar manufacturer workshop. In the meantime the P1 Hypercar came and impressed the people with its sheer power and that new and exclusive styling. Let’s just say that the 650S Spider has just evolved out of the above mentioned cars but still has its own unique character.

Unveiled at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show the 650S Spider according to Mclaren does not compromise on its performance or handling a bit still after being an open top convertible. Mechanically this car is similar to the 650S Coupe and is powered by the same McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. We knew the MP4 12 C was no doubt a great car be it its handling, power figures or ride quality and believe it or not the new 650S Spider too shares the same Carbon fibre Composite chassis which was used by the 12C.

This open top convertible is fast and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds flat while it has a claimed top speed of about 329 Km/h. For stopping weather you like it or not Mclraen has fitted the car with carbon fiber ceramic disc brakes while it also comes with sticky Pirelli tyres for maximum grip. There is absolutely no way this convertible compromises on anything.

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2015 Mclaren 650S Spider

EXTERIOR

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The two piece retractable hard top just takes 17 seconds to lower or raise

The 650 S Spider looks identical to the 650S Coupe except the roof and this car borrows lot of its styling elements from the mighty P1 and the MP4 12C. Towards the front you will notice Mclraen logo like headlamps which are also seen on the P1 and the air vents that channels its route just below the headlamp unit, the front splitter provides an extra 24 percent downforce which is really effective in its handling. You can’t miss the short front bonnet and the huge raked windshield behind its back either which actually makes the front of the car appear sportier as well aggressive.

Towards the side profile you will notice a new and quite large air vents which inlets air to the engine and helps it to stay cool, you also have got the lightweight 19 inch new stylish sports wheels at the front while the rear gets the 20 inchers. Towards the rear you get the stylish taillamps and the twin exhaust just beneath the taillamps, Mclaraen also provides a carbon fiber spoiler which was available as an option with the 12C.

The two piece retractable hard top just takes 17 seconds to lower or raise it and can be activated while the car is not moving and even upto speeds of 30 km/h when in motion. The 650S also uses heated rear window which can be operated independently of the roof and even with the roof down it acts as a wind deflector and reduced wind buffering. One can even lower the rear screen if they want to enjoy listening to the growling of the engine.

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DIMENSION

Wheelbase 2,670 mm (105.11 inches)
Track, F/R 1,656 mm / 1583 mm (65.19/62.32 inches)
Length 4,512 mm (177.63 inches)
Width 2,093 mm (82.40 inches)
Height 1,203 mm (47.36 inches)
Dry Weight 1,370 kg

INTERIOR

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The 12C already had everything that you need inside a modern 2 seater sportscar, however the 650S Spider takes things one step further.

If you try to step inside the car you will be greeted by the top opening doors which look really nice and give the person an easy access to the seats inside. Inside the cabin everything is covered in Alcantara leather just like what you have noticed in 12C, you will also notice the 650S badges on the door sills, the key has also been finished in carbon fiber. The Infotainment system has slightly different layout but it also takes some of its inspirations from the P1 which are operated by the home button placed just below the digital touchscreen while the acdtive dynamics panel is placed just below the infotainments control buttons you will also love the carbon fibre touches thrown here and there inside the cabin.

The 12C already had everything that you need inside a modern 2 seater sportscar, however the 650S Spider takes things one step further. Another new function which is available with the new 650S Spider is that it offers some storage area towards the rear portiuon where the roof is actually stored. So when the roof is up one can utilize the space to keep the extra luggage if they are running short of space towards the front boot. So combine the two and you get a 190 Litres of space which is pretty impresside considering that this is only a sportscar. The digital screen with all the colors looks really vibrant, distinct and easy to read.

DRIVETRAIN

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Coming to the engine the 650S Spider is powered by the same Longitudinal Twin Turbo V8 unit which also powers the 650S and used to power the Mclraen MP4 12C. The McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 unit produces about 650PS of peak power at 6500 rpm and 678 NM of peak torque at 6000 rpm and is mated to a 7 speed SSG transmission.

This engine was also awarded the engine of the year back in 2014, it was jointly made with the collaboration of Ricardo. Performance figures too has improved quite significantly and this 650 S Spider which is actually heavier than the Coupe variant is still able to sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in 3.0 seconds flat., while the 0-200 km/h sprint takes 8.6 seconds, this car can actually reach a claimed top speed of 329 km/h mark.

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SPECIFICATION

Drivetrain Layout Longitudinal Mid-Engine, RWD
Engine Configuration V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc
Horsepower (HP @ RPM) 640 / 7250
Torque (NM @ RPM) 678 / 6000
Transmission 7 Speed SSG
CO2 275 g/km
Fuel consumption (combined) 24.2 mpg
Power to weight (with lightweight options) 485 PS (478 bhp) /tonne
CO2/power 0.42 g/km per PS
Maximum speed 329 km/h
0-100 kph 3.0 s
0-200 kph 8.6 s
0-300 kph 26.5 s

PRICES

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Prices for the new Mclaren 650S Spider starts at around $280,225 which translates to about INR.1,7511260.

COMPETITION

LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR ROADSTER

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The Lamborghini Roadster too is no nonsense car from the Italian supercar manufacturer, it is an open top variant of the Aventador roadster and uses the sasme drivetrain to power the car. This mid-engined car is powered by the 6.5 Litre V12 unit which produces about 700 Hp of peak power and 690 NM of torque. This car has the capability of sprinting from 0-100 km/h mark in 3.0 seconds which is equivalent to the Mclaren 650S Spider and has a top speed of 350 km/h mark which is absolutely amazing.

CONCLUSION

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Sportscar are always not about sheer raw power and technology, it also has to look good, handle well and above all has to emotionally bond with the person driving the car. Offcourse! This is a machine but the Mclaren 650S Spider surely listens to you and perhaps even understands you, it can be driven gently when you want to hop from a pub to another within the city or press the foot down when you find an open road an and it responds to your calls immediately. That is what the Mclaren 650S Spider is all about, it offers a rich driving experience and offcourse! Deliver all that power when you need it perhaps that is the excellence of British engineering.

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Press Release

OPEN-TOP McLAREN 650S SPIDER JOINS 650S COUPÉ IN GENEVA GLOBAL DEBUT

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- New McLaren 650S Spider just as engaging on road and track as fixed-roof Coupé

  • 0-100km/h (62 mph) takes 3.0 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.6 seconds
  • No reduction in torsional strength due to unique carbon fibre MonoCell chassis; similar weight, too
  • Two piece roof can be raised or lowered in less than 17 seconds on the move at speeds up to 30 km/h (19 mph)

McLaren Automotive has now released images and full information for the convertible version of its latest model, the McLaren 650S, unveiled at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show. The McLaren 650S Spider is a no compromise open-top high performance sports car offering the same performance, handling and driver enjoyment, with the addition of a two-piece retractable hard top. The latest model is shown in Tarocco Orange, a new addition to the McLaren colour collection, developed with technology partner AkzoNobel.

The McLaren 650S Spider is mechanically identical to the 650S Coupé and is fitted with the unique McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine, producing 650PS (641 bhp) and 678 Nm (500 lb ft). This means a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint of 3.0 seconds, identical to the Coupé, and 200 km/h (124 mph) is reached in 8.6 seconds, only 0.2 seconds shy of the fixed-head model. Maximum speed is 329 km/h mph (204 mph). Fuel consumption and emissions remain the same for the 650S Spider, returning 24.2 mpg (11.7 l/100km) on the EU combined cycle and 275 g/km.

Most competitors do not offer high performance iterations as convertibles due to the compromises that invariably plague open-roof cars. These models will be heavier and have substantially less torsional rigidity, to the detriment of handling and ride.

The carbon fibre MonoCell chassis at the heart of the McLaren 650S requires no additional strengthening or reinforcing in open-top guise, and gives the 650S Spider identical handling and ride, and virtually identical straight-line performance figures. The overall weight of the 650S Spider is 1,370 kg (dry), an increase of only 40 kg over the Coupé, with this additional mass coming from the Retractable Hard Top and roof mechanism, and is less than any other car in its class.

The two-piece Retractable Hard Top can be automatically raised or lower in less than 17 seconds, and can be activated while stationary or at any speed up to 30km/h (19mph).

As with the 12C Spider, the 650S Spider uses a heated glass rear window, operating independently of the roof. With the roof down, the rear window acts as a wind deflector, reducing cabin buffeting. Roof up, the rear screen can be lowered to allow more engine noise – and driving drama – into the cabin, and for a semi-open top driving experience even when it is raining. When down, the roof is stowed beneath a body-coloured hard tonneau cover incorporated in the twin rear buttresses. With the roof raised, the area beneath the tonneau cover can be used as additional luggage space.

Rather than being a stripped out road racer, the 650S Coupé and 650 Spider models are fitted with a high level of luxury equipment as standard. Carbon ceramic brakes sit behind unique ‘650’ lightweight alloy wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres, IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio in Europe (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control are all fitted as standard, and the cabin is fully trimmed in Alcantara.

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