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Developed to give the enthusiastic driver the ultimate in luxury and excitement…on road and track. No compromise supercar available as both a Coupé and Spider, with electrically retractable hard top Powered by a multi-award-winning 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine which gives breathtaking performance Johannesburg, South Africa, Halfway through 2014, McLaren Automotive introduced the 650S which is now the core model in the newly established Super Series.

Available from launch as a fixed-head Coupé or as a Spider with a retractable folding hard top, the McLaren 650S redefines the high performance supercar segment. It was designed and developed using Formula 1 technology to provide the ultimate in driver engagement on the road and on the race track.

Now, the McLaren-developed 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 M838T engine has retained the prestigious ‘3-litre to 4-litre’ title at the 2015 International Engine of the Year awards. This achievement marks a third successive victory for the highly-efficient powerplant fitted to the groundbreaking 650S Coupé and 650S Spider.

In its 17th year, the International Engine of the Year Awards were presented at Engine Expo 2015, and voted for by an independent panel of leading automotive journalists from around the globe.

“We always knew that the 650S had a unique positioning” says Grant Dryden, General Manager – McLaren South Africa, “What we didn’t realise however, was how its success would exceed expectations in South Africa, and this latest award is yet more evidence of just what a strong proposition the 650S is in an extremely competitive market.”. At launch, South Africa’s initial allocation of vehicles was sold out immediately.

The design is inspired by the McLaren P1™ and follows the McLaren design ethos of ‘form follows function’, with the front bumper providing a dramatic, yet clean, appearance while the integrated front splitter contributes to increased levels of downforce, working in conjunction with active aerodynamics to ensure the optimum balance during cornering and acceleration. At its core, as with every McLaren model since 1981, the 650S has a lightweight carbon fibre chassis.

McLaren 650S Launch 2014 Ascari
McLaren 650S Launch 2014 Ascari

Key to the McLaren 650S is the fact that the everyday usability and capabilities offered by, and expected of, any McLaren model are not compromised. Despite the power and performance focus, the McLaren 650S boasts an extensive specification list, with an optimised powertrain, braking and suspension systems, as well as a refined and luxuriously equipped cabin.

Performance is class leading for both the Coupé and Spider models: 0-100 km/h acceleration takes only 3.0 seconds, 0-200 km/h takes just 8.4 seconds for the Coupé [Spider 8.6 seconds]. Maximum speed is 333 km/h [329 km/h for Spider].

The dramatic exterior styling includes full LED headlamps derived from the McLaren P1™. These provide a distinctive illumination of the road ahead, and echo the signature McLaren ‘speed marque’ logo in the design. The bonnet is finished with a new McLaren badge, inspired by the badge fitted to the iconic McLaren F1.

To add to the attraction, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) offers a range of available series options for customers to customise their vehicles.


The MSO Defined category of personalisation includes an aerodynamic kit, designed to enhance the purposeful design, to subtle carbon fibre interior upgrades. The exterior styling can be modified with an addition of a carbon fibre rear diffuser and extended side door blades.

MSO Bespoke provides an almost limitless level of customisation to McLaren owners, including unique paint, leather and stitching colours, stand-alone upholstery and body changes to create truly bespoke vehicles.

Visit for more details.

McLaren showroom in Sandton

Twitter: McLaren_SA 

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Tel: 011 301 7100

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