McLaren’s 650S Connects the Super-Car Dots

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If you are a fan of the British super car outfit McLaren’s 12C and the P1, then you’ll love the 650s. Built specifically to be slotted between the two, the 650S is exactly what you’d expect: a harmonious blending of the company’s insane P1 and its more pedestrian 12C sibling.

The 650S shares the structure of the MP4-12C, which is McLaren’s entry-level offering, though it has been generously endowed with styling cues from the $1.15 million, 903-horsepower hybrid P1. Those hooked headlights and the delightfully happy face (arguably one of the happiest super car faces) are directly related to the P1; in stature, the 650S shares more with the compact 12C than the elongated super-hybrid.

In the rear, the back end looks entirely torn from the MP4-12C, and from some leaked pictures ahead of the 650S’s Geneva reveal, it looks like the two could be easily mistaken for one another, at least from behind.

In conclusion, regarding the exterior, McLaren played it safe with the design, fusing its two beloved models into a car that, for McLaren fans, is almost guaranteed to please. However, it might be somewhat disappointing to those who were hoping for a more radical approach.

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