Images of McLaren MP4-12 650S have leaked online ahead of a planned unveiling for the supercar at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.
Created in response to customer demand for an edgier version of the McLaren MP4-12C offering greater levels of driver engagement, the 650S runs a more heavily tuned version of McLaren’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 direct-injection engine producing a claimed 25 hp more than the variant used by standard sibling for a total of 641 hp (as its name suggests 650 ps – metric hp).
The MP4-12C 650S’s official public unveiling will be in Switzerland in early March, although information passed on to prospective customers at a private presentation of the new two-seater held last week suggest it is also in line to receive a series of modifications to its seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, suspension, steering, brakes and aerodynamics.
Along with the various mechanical and aerodynamic changes, the MP4-12C 650S is also claimed to adopt a lightened carbon fiber body and other weight-saving measures, including carbon fiber seats from McLaren’s recently launched gas-electric hybrid powered flagship supercar, the P1.
The 650S is distinguished from its standard MP4-12C by a new front bumper resembling that of the P1 together with various other exterior styling changes.
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