There’s never been a facelift quite like this McLaren 650S, says Nick Gibbs in The Daily Telegraph’s Motoring section. The car is almost £20,000 more than the 12 C model it updates, and you can still buy the old one. So does the car justify the price hike?
It’s pitched as “the world’s ultimate luxury sports car”, a car “as happy rat-running through potholed side streets at the end of a working day as it is nailing Cadwell Park’s notorious Gooseneck corkscrew corner”.
And the car lives up to its billing. The V8 engine delivers “the wallop of Thor’s own hammer right up to the 8,000rpm redline”, and “if the engine is close on perfect, then the ride and handling is more than a match”. The car, in short, is amazing – going effortlessly from “giving-mum-a-lift compliance to track-attack turn-in precision and control”.
If you’re in the market for a £200k supercar, then it’s hard to think of anything that delivers better value than the 650S, says Steve Sutcliffe in Autocar. Ferrari should now be very scared.
Price: £195,250. Engine: 3,799cc V8 twin-turbo
Power: 641bhp at 7,250rpm
Torque: 500lb ft at 6,000rpm
Top speed: 207mph
0-62mph: 3.0 secs