Normally, the open-top follows several months later, but with Spiders accounting for around 80 per cent of McLaren 12C sales, the brand wasted no time and showed both cars at Geneva.
The 650S is designed to sit above the 12C, not replace it, and its nose is inspired by the McLaren P1 hypercar’s – in fact, the cars use identical headlamp units.
McLaren 650S - am I the only one who finds this seriously sexy? https://t.co/WqwDthEVP2
— Steve Fowler (@SteveFowler) March 4, 2014
Power is from a boosted version of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 with 641bhp and 678Nm of torque. That means the Spider does 0-62mph in the same three seconds flat, and is only two-tenths slower from 0-124mph, taking 8.6 seconds.
This is down to an extra 40kg of weight, added by the two-piece roof mechanism. Yet because the 650S is based around McLaren’s super-stiff carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, it needs no extra strengthening over the Coupé and should be just as sharp to drive.
To help justify the Spider’s £215,000 price tag (a £19,500 premium over the 616bhp 12C Spider, and £20,000 more than the 650S Coupé), it has carbon-ceramic brakes, Alcantara trim and IRIS sat-nav as standard.