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McLaren 650S Priced From $441,500 For Australia Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | Mar, 14 2014 | 8 Comments

McLaren’s new 650S supercar is now available in Australia, just weeks after its global unveiling in London and Geneva.

Entering the range as a mid-spec model between the already hot 12C and the properly mental P1, the 650S brings a raft of enhancements to the formula begun with the 12C.

Available in Australia now through Sydney importer Trivett Bespoke, the 650S starts at $441,500 for the coupe model, while getting into the Spider will cost an extra $44,750 - plus on-roads.

That pricing makes the 650S nearly $45,000 more than their equivalent 12C counterparts, with rivals including the $428,000 Lamborghini Huracan and the $441,300 911 Turbo S.

The 650S is driven by the same 3.8 litre V8 that drives the 12C, but power is now up from 460 to 478kW, and torque is up 78Nm to 678Nm.

McLaren promises faster and more “emotive” gear changes in the 650S than in the 12C, along with greater steering response and feeling, and better balance front-to-rear.

The new model also gets revised active aerodynamic systems to keep the car planted, helping to increase downforce by a significant 24 percent over the 12C.

McLaren says the 650S will hit 100km/h in just 3.0 seconds, while the 0-200km/h time is a mere 8.4 seconds - faster than most passenger cars will get to freeway speeds.

All of that means the the 650S will get to 100km/h just 0.2 seconds slower than the hero P1 hypercar, while beating its 12C sibling by 0.1 seconds.

The 0-200km/h run that is a full second quicker than the legendary McLaren F1, while the quarter-mile time is also 0.6 seconds sharper than the F1 - and 0.1 seconds faster than the 12C.

Standard creature comforts in the 650S include an Alcantara trim, Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, satellite navigation and digital radio. On the options list - yes, there’s an options list even at $441,500 - you’ll find a reversing camera, carbon fibre cabin upgrades and carbon racing seats.

MORE: McLaren 650S Revealed

 
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