2014 McLaren 650S Spider
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.
Story by McLaren Automotive
|type||Series Production Car|
|released at||2014 Geneva Motor Show|
|built at||Woking, England|
|price $||$ 280,225|
|predeccesor||2012 McLaren MP4-12C Spider|
|engine||90º M838T V8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication|
|valvetrain||DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/dual VVT|
|displacement||3799 cc / 231.83 in³|
|bore||93 mm / 3.7 in|
|stroke||69.9 mm / 2.8 in|
|power||478.0 kw / 641 bhp @ 7250 rpm|
|specific output||168.73 bhp per litre|
|torque||678 nm / 500.1 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm|
|body / frame||Carbon Fiber Monocoque ‘MonoCell’ w/Aluminum Front & Rear Subframes|
|wheel type||5-Spoke Lightweight Forged|
|front tires||235/35 R19 Pirelli P Zero Corsa|
|rear tires||305/30 R20 Pirelli P Zero Corsa|
|front brakes||Carbon Ceramic Discs with Forged Aluminium Hubs|
|rear brakes||Carbon Ceramic Discs with Forged Aluminium Hubs|
|front wheels||F 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19 x 8.5 in|
|rear wheels||R 50.8 x 27.9 cm / 20 x 11 in|
|f suspension||Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Active Hydraulic Dampers|
|r suspension||Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Active Hydraulic Dampers|
|dry weight||1370 kg / 3021 lbs|
|weight distro||42.5 % / 57.5 %|
|wheelbase||2670 mm / 105.1 in|
|front track||1656 mm / 65.2 in|
|rear track||1583 mm / 62.3 in|
|length||4512 mm / 177.6 in|
|width||1909 mm / 75.2 in|
|height||1199 mm / 47.2 in|
|transmission||7-Speed Seamless Shift|
|top speed||~329 kph / 204.31 mph|
|0 – 1/4 mile||~10.6 seconds at 222 kph / 137.86 mph|
|0 – 100 kph||~3.0 seconds|
|0 – 200 kph||~8.6 seconds|
|combined fuel econ eu||9.72 L/100 km or 24.2 mpg-us|