McLaren 650S Le Mans Edition Revealed
McLaren is really taking the time to pat itself on the back for winning Le Mans back in 1995. The P1 GTR is being billed as an homage to the F1 GTR Le Mans winner, and we thought that’d be the extent of its anniversary celebration. This week, though, it revealed the 650S Le Mans, a special edition designed to give another hat tip to the past. The upgraded version of the mid-level McLaren borrows design cues from the F1 GTR.
Most notable is the addition of a roof-mounted “snorkel” air intake, which channels airflow to the familiar 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 while also providing a bit of added aural drama within the cabin. The car also employs subtle louvres on the front wings to reduce pressure over the front wheels — thus increasing downforce — while special lightweight wheels have been styled after the motorsport rims that were fitted to the 1995 racers and come fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
Some additional aesthetic enhancements include carbon fiber applications to the front splitter and rear bumper, MSO-developed extended side blades and the distinctive MSO rear diffuser, a metallic Sarthe Grey exterior paint scheme, and a splash of the famous McLaren Orange. Inside, the cabin is swathed in black leather and Alcantara while the two sport seats don contrasting orange Alcantara down the center and an embossed Le Mans logo on the headrest.
As far as specs go, the “Le Mans” edition of the 650s sees the same power and torque figures as the production model, boasting 641 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in three seconds flat, and a top speed of 207 mph.
Limited to just 50 models in all, McLaren’s 650s Le Mans is now available for £244,500 GBP (approximately $370,000 USD) with deliveries currently slated for mid-2015.