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The search for perfection is like driving dynamics, the hunt for the Holy Grail. Ferrari and McLaren promise with their latest creations now salvation. A ride full of thrills and happiness.

The roof of the McLaren disappears in 17 seconds and can at speeds up to 30 km / h can be served.

The roof of the McLaren disappears in 17 seconds and can at speeds up to 30 km / h can be served.

McLaren 650 S Spider Ferrari While the lightweight version of its 458 occupied with the promising words “Speciale”, the English call their revised McLaren 12C pragmatically 650 S. What spills out of its tailpipes at start up, on the other hand sounds not at all cold. Fat bubbling and gurgling deep jumps the sharpened 3, 8 liter biturbo V8 in action. He mimes willingly everyday life mate, but without neglecting his favorite terrain: hairpin, straight. Hairpin, straight. The likes of the English. And his driver as well!

Mclaren: baffles to the bumper corners .

Mclaren: baffles to the bumper corners .

Ferrari 458 Speciale opposite the thick jaws of the Biturbos brace themselves displacement of 4.5 liters, packed with Italian passion. Was already the normal 458 Italia with 127 hp output per liter not a child of sorrow, it drives the ratio of 14:1 compressed lightweight variant on the top. Flow-optimized combustion chambers, new pistons along with modified geometry, this changed Pleuellagerbuchsen as well as a redesign of the crankshaft and intake system – the way the engine to eight kilos of relief – tickle up the overall performance of the mid-engine to 605 hp.

Specifications Ferrari McLaren
Motor V8
Charge / charge pressure Biturbo / 1.2 bar
Mounting position center back along
Valves / camshafts 4 per cylinder / 4
Capacity 4497 cc 3799 cc
Bore and Stroke 94.0 x 81.0 mm 93.0 x 69.9 mm
Compression 14.0: 1 8.7: 1
kW (hp) at 1/min 445 (605) / 9000 478 (650) / 7250
Specific Output 135 hp / l 171 hp / l
Nm at 1/min 540/6000 678/6000
Engine Rear wheel
Transmission 7-speed dual clutch
Front brakes 398 mm / innenbel / punched. 394 mm / innenbel / punched.
Rear brakes 360 mm / innenbel / punched. 380 mm / innenbel / punched.
Brake Ceramics
Wheel Size Front – Rear 9 x 20-11 x 20 8.5 x 19-11 x 20
Tire Size Front – Rear 245/35 R 20-305 / 30 R 20 235/35 R 19-305 / 30 R 20
Tyre Type Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (K1) Pirelli P Zero Corsa (MC1)
Length / width / height 4571/1951/1203 mm 4512/1908/1203 mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm 2670 mm
Kerb weight / payload 1395 kg / no answer 1468/279 kg
Power to weight ratio 2.3 kg / hp 2.3 kg / hp
Tank volume 86 l 72 l
Boot volume 230 l 144-196 l
Price 233,000 € 261 030 EUR


Both super sports are perfectly positioned and unique – they offer but for periods of what the other does not. The 650 S is a very logical development of the McLaren 12 C. The performance figures are still impressive, the handling is even sharper, the driving comfort is exemplary for sports car proportions – and a particularly sexy Spider-variant, it is him also. The radicalized Ferrari 458 Speciale, however, is to have only as a coupe, but it is aimed clearly at the racetrack from – although his manners amaze in everyday life. If his naturally aspirated engine screams at 9000 rpm, while chassis, tires and aerodynamics pave the way to best, gushing happiness hormones. Who are spoiled for choice between the two, so it is not to be envied – who has not, even less.



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Under the Festival of Speed ​​at Goodwood, which took place last weekend (27, 28 and 29 June), McLaren unveiled its new GT3 650S. This is an evolution of the MP4-12C GT3 has had many successes.

Mclaren GT3 650S

Mclaren GT3 650S

Aerodynamics is rebuke the front of the 650S with the spliter and the rest of the body is reworked to improve aerodynamic performance and support. For the chassis, the rollbar is redesigned to be lighter and more comfortable for the driver. The suspension is 52mm wider and spaced design allows for the maintenance of parts. For the engine, a new electronic appeared and the gearbox is new. Cooling has been improved taking place in the side scoops.

Mclaren GT3 650S

Mclaren GT3 650S

For teams who have the MP4-12C GT3 in operation, an upgrade kit is available. This package update extends the life of existing cars, allowing them to remain competitive through a second cycle of life. For the price of the last missile Woking, it is of £ 330 000 and will be produced in about 15 copies to be delivered to the beginning of the 2015 season.

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With power to 600 hp prevails regardless of the weather situation hairdryer in these two athletes. Two glorious sports car manufacturers pack their know-how in high-profile convertibles. Who is the winner?

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet against McLaren 12C Spider: What a duel! Although both strolling on pretty shopping streets and magnificent avenues perfectly mastered, thirst their engines after expiry. Swap Boulevard opposite runway. As of launch control to make both ready. You could also call blow-dry mode, in the sense of optimal values, we close before the roofs.

Porsche 911 S Convertible Trubo brake Lupfen, the decommissioned by start-stop function biturbo boxer signaled by cultured hawking immediate willingness to work. Enormous thrust force lurking in the rear, but can be cut back on city size which fits thanks to fine throttle response. Comfortable cruising up to 50 km / h in it. The dual clutch transmission surfs smoothly through its gears, let the six-cylinder engine with little more than mumble then idle speed. The sun is shining – its warming rays we do not want to pass up. By pressing a button that disappears top with magnesium frame after 13 seconds – even at this pace.

McLaren 12C Spider Suddenly a distant rumbling. As a heranpreschende wave swells the noise gets louder and louder, fuller. Then it stops next to it. Deep, wide, black – the McLaren 12C Spider. From the tailpipes spills rich V8 bubbling. The sports exhaust system elicits the motor in the state of plenty of bass. Brapp, brapp, brapp -. McLaren makes good with 3000 tours ready to compete against its competitors from Zuffenhausen As the duel between the two goes out.

Specifications McLaren Porsche
Motor V8 Biturbo B6 Biturbo
Mounting position center back along backward along
Valves / camshafts 4 per cylinder / 4 4 per cylinder / 4
Capacity 3799 cc 3800 cc
Bore and Stroke 93.0 x 69.9 mm 102.0 x 77.5 mm
Compression 8.7: 1 9.8: 1
kW (hp) at 1/min 460 (625) / 7500 412 (560) / 6500-6750
Specific Output 164 hp / l 147 hp / l
Nm at 1/min 600/3000-7000 750/2200-4000 (overboost)
Engine Rear wheel Wheel
Transmission 7-speed dual clutch 7-speed dual clutch
Front brakes 394 mm / innenbel / punched. 410 mm / innenbel / punched.
Rear brakes 380 mm / innenbel / punched. 390 mm / innenbel / punched.
Wheel Size Front – Rear 8.5 x 19-11 x 20 9 x 20 to 11.5 x 20
Tire Size Front – Rear 235/35 ZR 19-305 / 30 ZR 20 245/35 ZR 20-305 / 30 ZR 20
Tyre Type Pirelli P Zero Corsa (MC1) Dunlop Sport Maxx Race (N0)
Length / width / height 4509/1908/1203 mm 4506/1880/1292 mm
Wheelbase 2670 mm 2450 mm
Tank volume 72 l 68 l
Price test car 259 600 EUR 210 501 EUR


A duel at eye level, the abgeklärtere the Porsche before the emotional McLaren thanks to all-wheel-related daily benefit and a significantly lower price decides for himself. Money is no object? Next brooding!

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The sports car manufacturer McLaren Special Operations has exacerbated a 650S with carbon fittings and provided with an irritating paint. The study is a threat on wheels.

Die sports car manufacturer McLaren Special Operations has upgraded to a 650S Super Study: The concept car was with a black lacquer provided, are eingesprenkelt in red ink particles. The result: a black car, the spectacular iridescent red when light changes. Outer wears study a matt black carbon rear diffuser and the same color, more stringent air intakes. At the rear sits a bumper which is based on the GT3 and its inner part is made ​​of carbon. That in the coming weeks by China touring car standing on matt black five-spoke aluminum wheels, and makes a very threatening impression.

Even behind the double doors recessed the McLaren engineers not to the lightweight Super Building Material: The leather-covered carbon seats are only 15 kilos. Matt black surfaces in the cockpit absorb the light – they are contrasted by the high-gloss black rear derailleur and the surrounds of the instruments. The orange highlighted switches covered in this context particularly.

The carbon components of the study can also be for shipped McLaren 650S Coupe can be ordered and Spider as well as for the 12C. The retrofit kit for the air inlets is the equivalent of 6200 euros in the price list, the rear diffuser is for 8800 euros to the dealer. Whether the single piece of McLaren MSO 650S Concept Coupe goes into production, McLaren makes depends on the public interest.

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Update for the McLaren: With many new parts and more power from the 12C of the 650S. We have tested the basement.

Stillstand is a step backwards. No one knows this better than a Formula 1 team that fights every weekend and again by a few thousandths. If the same team that you have to force Friday into your evening at nine with almost physical force, then even build a road-going sports car, it is filed and tuned until it gets a bit faster and stronger so long again. Therefore, it is no wonder that McLaren now an update for the 12C brings – especially the low-flying plane from England three years is already on the market now and over 3,000 have been sold.

The S in the name stands for sport or sharpness

However, the British have changed so much on their first road racer after nearly 20 years that they did not want to leave it with the old name. Instead 12C 650S therefore now stands on the flanks when the athlete rolls with prices starting at 231,500 euros these days at the dealership. The name of the especially on the Ferrari 458 Speciale tailored lace stocking in the car quartet of Englishmen it all: the 650 stand for the new benefit, the McLaren brings out the well-known from 12C 3.8-liter V8 turbo in the rear of the car. These are another 25 hp more than before. And that S can be even better translated as sports or sharpness. Because it is less the increase in power, which accounts for the update, because even the 12C was so damn strong. And also the increase in torque from 600 to 678 Nm can be felt only with a very sensitive Popometer. It is primarily the tight road holding, the uncompromising suspension that literally pioneering steering and snappy carbon brakes, at which the difference is clear. Not that the 12C would have been a pleasant Power Cruiser. If you want something which should have a Aston Martin or a Bentley order.

In smooth three seconds, the McLaren goes to 100

Idea line Glue: aerodynamics and chassis of the 650S can be very high cornering speeds.

Idea line Glue: aerodynamics and chassis of the 650S can be very high cornering speeds.

But where you previously could result in the McLaren with a steady hand and steady pulse, the 650S requires short reins and alert senses. To seductive good he is on the road to long he will be liable in the narrowest curve on the racing line, and he quickly comes to a stop in an emergency, as that one does not want to further test the limits with every kilometer. The car can in any case some as the measured values ​​prove: From 0 to 100, the load goes in smooth three seconds to 200 km / h are reached after 8.4 seconds, Vmax is 333 km / h – as it is also in the fast lane pretty lonely. Is made ​​possible by the ride the razor though. Solely by the tuning for the engine and chassis The engineers have also fine-tuned aerodynamics again. The new bug produces notably more downforce and the huge rear wing now developed a blessed life of its own. It arises not only at different angles in order to stabilize the car, but also supports still the braking process, in which it increases the air resistance when needed. , the lure of power, however, is not to be missed: The V8 will be contacted and will thank the driver with a big concert in all possible registers. He roars not just, he hisses and blows, rumbles and gurgles and so makes a spectacle that you can not even think about thinking in the dream, to turn on the radio.

As Spider the 650S is the stormy wind machine

For fearless fresh air fanatics: McLaren offers the 650S to Spiders - carbon makes it possible.

For fearless fresh air fanatics: McLaren offers the 650S to Spiders – carbon makes it possible.

And as long as the weather is just kind allowed, the roof, or at least the windows remain open. Not for nothing, for example, you can even sink separately the rear window at the spider and then feels as close to the music backstage at a rock concert. This Supersport variants of existing models are nothing new. Last but not least main rival Ferrari has since delivered straight to the 458 “Speciale” the appropriate template. But McLaren claims to drive the game a little further. Firstly, the British have touched, changed or replaced every fourth component. Second, they have a lot more on the design done and the car a completely new front in the style of the super sports P1 drawn. And third, they take advantage of their Carbon Body: Because the stiffer by up to 25 percent as an aluminum chassis, they offer the 650S is the only car in this league for 23,500 euros surcharge to Spiders on.