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McLaren Working on Car Below 12C for 2014
Not long ago, McLaren was known for exactly one road car, the famous F1. Now, the company is promising a car a year. The new P1 will be followed shortly by a new sports car that will slot below the 12C, codenamed P13.

We’re told it will be another two-seat sports car, but designed to be more practical than the 12C — McLaren’s example of “practicality” is that the P13 will have a trunk. The company predicts the car will be its highest-volume product, and it will sell an anticipated 2000 to 2500 cars per year globally.

McLaren says to hit that volume, the P13 will be aimed at top-end Porsche 911s, at least in terms of price. The company is worried about cannibalizing 12C sales, so we expect the price will fall just below $200,000, enough to put some daylight between it and the 12C, which starts at closer to $250,000.

McLaren says the P13 will take design cues from the new P1, so we expect the P13 will feature lots of curves, swoops, active aerodynamic elements, and thin strips of LEDs.
 

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McLaren 650S

The McLaren 650S: A New Chapter For McLaren Automotive And The Supercar
McLaren Automotive will reveal at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show the latest addition to its range of groundbreaking supercars - the McLaren 650S.

Designed and developed to offer the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement, as well as dramatic yet beautiful styling, the McLaren 650S is the result of 50 years of competing, and winning, at the highest levels of motorsport. It 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.

More 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.
 

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McLaren 650S Official Photos and Video Walkaround
http://www.carscoops.com/2014/02/new-mclaren-650s-official-photos-and.html
All information we have right now comes from The Sunday Time's Driving section, which reports that McLaren F1 driver Jenson Button helped develop the new 12C-based 650S, which gets a 650PS / 641bhp turbocharged V8, an increase of 25hp over the former.

The Sunday daily mentions that all "go-fast bits" from the 12C, including aerodynamics, tires, suspension, brakes and transmission have been uprated on the 650S.








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This is the new McLaren 650S, a £190,000 mid-engined coupé that's capable of hitting 207mph. It will make its public debut at the Geneva show next month alongside a 650S Spider model.

The McLaren 650S is closely related to the 12C but is £20,000 more expensive and closer in styling to the recently launched £860,000 P1 hypercar. It also incorporates a basket of detailed revisions that improve performance in all areas but major on driver involvement. The McLaren 650S gets more standard equipment than the 12C, including lightweight forged alloy wheels, LED headlights, an Alcantara interior, carbon-ceramic brakes, revised sat-nav and a DAB radio as part of a sophisticated, screen-based audio system. The car also gets a new, wider design of Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.
 

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Nick Trott talks about the new 12C-based 650S supercar. The new model will sit above the 12C, gunning for the 458 Speciale, and features a new version of the M838T 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Power has been increased from 616bhp to 641bhp, with torque now pegged at 500lb ft.
 

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With the 12C, McLaren created something truly special. It wasn't without its critics, so to address them McLaren's launched the 650S - the most capable car the company's made this side of the P1.
 

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Formula 1 presenter, Lee McKenzie is joined by Ron Dennis - McLaren Group CEO and Mike Flewitt - McLaren Automotive CEO as the McLaren 650S Spider is uncovered at the Geneva Motor Show.
 

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We caught up with Jamie Corstorphine, Product Manager, as the McLaren 650S drew crowds at the Geneva Motor Show. He talks us through the innovation behind the cars incredible breadth of ability.

Explore the McLaren 650S at cars.mclaren.com
 

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Yes, it's a face lifted and tweaked 12C. But it also has 650hp and is faster than a shooting star. Well, that's what Ron told us.
 

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The McLaren 650S Spider is more than a modified 12C Spider. A quarter of its parts are new and owes much to the mighty P1. Steve Sutcliffe finds out if it can still thrill.

The McLaren 650S Spider costs some £20k more than the £190,000 coupe version, and it's worth every penny. Why? Because it can do just about everything the coupé can do dynamically yet adds a sizeable hit of extra sex appeal to go with it. And that arrives courtesy of a folding hard top roof that can glide up or down in but a few seconds, and which transforms the 650S into an even more exotic creature on the move. Steve Sutcliffe puts it to the test.
 

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McLaren has decided to take some of the magic from its P1 hypercar and inject it into its new 650S to create a properly focussed drivers' car.

Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014, the McLaren 650S' styling is certainly bold, especially with the striking new aurora blue paint. Available as either a coupe or a spyder, the 650S is undoubtedly inspired by the P1 as it gets the same McLaren logo shaped LED lights and carbon fibre front splitter as its bigger brother, plus new air blades on the bottom of the gull-wing doors that funnel air into the side vents.

McLaren also fits the 650S with forged alloy wheels - 19-inches at the front, 20-inches at the back - that are fitted with even grippier Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres as standard. Factor in the enormous yellow coloured carbon ceramic brakes, and the 650S certainly looks the business.

The 650S can also be specced with a carbon fibre rear-bumper which is influenced by the one found on McLaren's GT3 racing car.

Given McLaren's illustrious history in motorsport, the performance of the 650S is astonishing. It has 627bhp and reaches 0-62mph in just three seconds. Its top speed is 207mph and it takes just 5.7 seconds to reach 100mph - just 0.7 seconds slower than the P1 which packs 727bhp.

Despite being excellent on the track as expected, the McLaren 650S is surprisingly refined for a car of this type. The dampers fitted are similar to the ones fitted to the P1 and are the result of a year's development by McLaren.

While the cockpit is similar to the outgoing McLaren 12C, the 650S is much more comfortable and every car comes with an Alcantara steering wheel, plus more Alcantara on the dashboard and roof lining. However, leather trim is an option, as are the completely carbon fibre seats which save about 15kg.

Despite being comfortable and refined, the McLaren 650S doesn't let you forget its an incredibly quick car. As soon as the turbo kicks in, above 3,500 rpm you just disappear up the road and happily, it retains the almighty acceleration of the 12C.

In short, the McLaren 650S is better in every way than the 12C. Just don't expect it to feel playful - it's a serious driving tool.
 

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The latest addition to McLaren's line-up may be based on the 12C, but it's a whole new ball game. Steve Sutcliffe puts the McLaren 650S coupe to the test on track.

The McLaren 650S is almost as fast as a Bugatti Veyron, but costs less than one fifth of the price. After driving the McLaren 650S Spider last week, Steve Sutcliffe takes to the Ascari circuit in southern Spain to discover if the replacement for the McLaren 12C lives up to the promise of being much faster and more exciting to drive.
 

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Goodwood Presents: McLaren 650S: First drive in the mountains of southern Spain. On road and on track at Ascari, here's our first impressions of the latest McLaren P1 inspired supercar

There's a retrospective sense abroad, some of us are feeling, that the 12C launch was an unfairly chastening experience for McLaren Automotive. At the time most fashionable hacks made a big fuss about the 12C's perceived lack of 'theatre' -- and for those fed a diet of Italian exotics perhaps this rang true.

It never felt anything but utterly charismatic for me, but maybe I just bought the McLaren brand thing... you know, here's the closest we can get you to total performance, with none of that overly demonstrative nonsense. Yes, I loved the 12C from the moment I heard about it.

The 650S is a McLaren 12C with a bit more of everything, as far as we can tell. When McLaren invited GRR to Ascari for the international launch, we jumped at the chance. Watch the video to see what 'our Andy' makes of McLaren's latest supercar.
 
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