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2015 McLaren 650S

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/2/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 McLaren 650S is a new addition to the automaker’s range, slotting below the P1 supercar and replacing the MP4-12C.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 McLaren 650S is a rear-drive supercar sold in coupe or convertible body styles. The car's twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 is rated at 641 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque and paired to a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy is respectable for a supercar at 16/22 mpg city/highway.


As you'd expect of a supercar, the 2015 McLaren 650S is a strong performer with excellent handling and strong acceleration. The car’s suspension and aero are also adjustable and can be set to Comfort, Track, or Active independently while the seven-speed twin-clutch automatic fires off shifts swiftly and smoothly, and creates aggressive exhaust sounds in Sport mode. Body roll isn’t present due to the 650S’ rigid Monocell tub and Proactive Chassis Control, which keep the car handling well but not at the cost of ride quality. Braking performance is another 2015 650S strong point with impressive stopping power both in wet and dry conditions especially with the optional carbon ceramic brakes. The interior is also well-designed with door slopes and rakes matching the slanted center stack. There’s plenty of room for two passengers, and the available carbon racing seats provide plenty of support for track driving.

What We Think

The 2015 McLaren 650S is an excellent supercar that provides a great balance of cutting edge performance and everyday livability. In a First Drive review, we said that the car’s Proactive Chassis Control allows it to handle impeccably while remaining compliant over rough surfaces, allowing it to “glide along with a rolling plushness you would expect to find in a Mercedes E-Class or similar.” On the track, the 650S performed admirably, putting its power down well and responding with a wall of torque when driven hard. We noted in a First Test review that at its limit the car tends to default to understeer, and when it isn't driven hard, that turbo lag becomes increasingly noticeable.

You’ll Like

  • Impeccable performance and handling
  • Surprisingly compliant ride even in Sport mode
  • Excellent stopping power

You Won’t Like

  • Understeers too much at the limit
  • Noticeable turbo lag when not driven hard

Key Competitors

  • Ferrari 458
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • Dodge Viper SRT
  • Lamborghini Huracan
  • Audi R8


4 star


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