Official: McLaren 650S will hit 124 mph in 8.4 seconds

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McLaren 650S

Sometimes an automaker reveals a car, in full, and that’s the whole story. But sometimes things get dragged out a bit. The McLaren 650S falls in the latter category, which strikes us as a bit odd considering that it’s essentially a massaged version of the existing MP4-12C. No matter, the news here remains impressive all the same.

The British racing team turned supercar constructor first announced the arrival of the 650S two weeks ago. A few days later, the first images and video footage leaked out. McLaren quickly released initial details and official photos the next day, but withheld certain information – key details like pricing, and, you know… how fast it can actually go. We still haven’t seen the thing in person – that will come next week when the car is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show – but now McLaren has released official performance stats for its new supercar (along with a trio of new snapshots).

So just how quick is it? Well, for starters, it’ll run the 0-62 mph sprint in three seconds flat and trip the quarter-mile lights in 10.5 seconds before topping out at 207 miles per hour. That’s rather quick no matter how you slice it, but for context, McLaren points us to the car’s 0-124 mph time, and how that compares to other cars it’s made. At 8.4 seconds, it takes the 650S half a second less to reach that speed than the 12C upon which it’s based – that means it’s a full second quicker than the legendary McLaren F1. And that’s no mean feat considering that, even twenty years later, McLaren’s first road car is still the yardstick against which all other supercars are measured. Scope out the rest of the impressive stats in the press release below.

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