RE: £90k McLaren 650S | Spotted

RE: £90k McLaren 650S | Spotted

Thursday 12th September

£90k McLaren 650S | Spotted

Frequent updating of the Super Series lineup has made the previous model seem almost affordable



Ah the old ‘what could that money get you second-hand?’ game. We all play it in our minds whenever we read about a new car, and if you’ve seen our 992 Carrera S review and noted its £93,110 starting price, it’s likely you envisioned all the higher performance offerings available on the used market for the same cash. You can get some serious supercar metal for the money, and still fairly new cars like the brilliant McLaren 540C are available for less than a hundred grand. But did anyone ever think a 650S would dip so low so soon?

Today’s Spotted is an example of exactly that, a 650S supercar that was built to rival Ferrari’s 458 Italia and continued the fight when the 488 GTB arrived, yet if you buy one today you’ll get a tenner in change back from £90,000. So cheap (in terms of its performance) is this 650S that it’s £25k less than the lowest-priced 458 Italia and is amongst 540Cs in the listings. Much of that is probably to do with the fact its successors made such big strides forward in fit and finish; but let us not forget the 650S remains a brilliant supercar.


Remind yourself of the stats. The 650S does 0-125mph in 8.4 seconds, which is three seconds better than the brand new 992 911 Carrera S, and tops out at a very exotic 207mph. The 650S chassis, based around McLaren’s MonoCell carbon-fibre tub, is rather good as well. DT put it this way back in 2014: “Drive neatly and smoothly and it'll ruthlessly dissect a track in a way you'd expect. But when you start getting scrappy and more aggressive it responds in kind.” The 650S added the fun to McLaren’s lap time-focussed range.

It’s true that those not bothered by ultimate performance and wanting the most rounded supercar offering might be better off looking at the 540Cs, several of which surround our 650S in the classifieds. They’re newer and lower mileage, are even more docile at low speed and have extra suppleness in their softest mode. But what PHer would turn down the chance of owning a Super Series model over the younger Sports Series car for the same purchase price?


According to several owners in the forums, 650S ownership need not involve more than a “few knocks and niggles” now and then. Still, we shouldn’t be fooled by the low sale price of today’s Spotted, this £90k car will not come with £90k car running costs. A new 992 CS is likely to remain the far cheaper proposition for ownership, even if we exclude the fact it’ll come with a manufacturer warranty. The 650S is a proper supercar, so one with 41,000 miles on the odometer may be fast approaching some pretty big maintenance bills.

But it’s a McLaren 650S, the car that took it to Ferrari’s 458 with twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 power. It remains savagely fast by 2019 measures and looks equally as exciting, partly thanks to McLaren’s decision to retain that front end look on much of its present line-up. Given the big strides forward each new McLaren has taken in the years following the 650S’s launch, it’s very plausible that prices for the model haven’t yet reached rock bottom. But at £90k - £105k less than its original list – this one can’t be far off, surely?


SPECIFICATION – MCLAREN 650S

Engine: 3,799cc V8 twin-turbo
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch auto (SSG), rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 650@7,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 500@6,000rpm
MPG: 24.2
CO2: 275g/km
First registered: 2014
Recorded mileage: 41,000
Price new: £195,250
Yours for: £89,990

See the original advert here.

Click here to find a McLaren 650S.

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Andy83n

Original Poster:

52 posts

7 months

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Nice but the owner made the perhaps criminal mistake of building the car in white.


AmosMoses

3,360 posts

110 months

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So much car for the money eek

GranCab

1,540 posts

91 months

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McMoneyPit

Tuvra

7,806 posts

170 months

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I have been monitoring the prices of McLarens for a while, this 12C spider to my eyes looks like an absolute steal at £75k:-


Think I am a little bit in love with it, 47k miles or not cloud9

fernando the frog

235 posts

13 months

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i'd much rather an MP4-12C, the facelifts never looked right IMO

Frimley111R

9,954 posts

179 months

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Andy83n said:
Nice but the owner made the mistake of building the car with a brown interior.
EFA

Terminator X

7,845 posts

149 months

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That one is cheap cos of the brown interior imho *my eyes!*

TX.

cerb4.5lee

12,296 posts

125 months

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Frimley111R said:
Andy83n said:
Nice but the owner made the mistake of building the car with a brown interior.
EFA
I will admit I thought that too! A strange choice for a supercar...a Jag XJ perhaps but not one of these

DMC2

1,342 posts

156 months

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And then you try and add an extended warranty (how much!!!). And the crazy maintenance bills....

I'm currently considering a McLaren, but the unknown bills and continuing depreciation is putting me off.

The 90k 650S could be £50k in two years.

thelostboy

3,463 posts

170 months

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It is amazing bang for your buck, but I'm just not brave enough to overlook the horror stories.

I personally think it also looks far better than the meek 12c, and of course should sound better too given that was one of the biggest criticisms of the first car.

Dave Hedgehog

10,979 posts

149 months

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yay we can all start utube channels and become influencers

anyone got a link for shmees loan shark, i fancy a mclaren for £500 down and £3000 a month for 256 months

Dave Hedgehog

10,979 posts

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DMC2 said:
And then you try and add an extended warranty (how much!!!). And the crazy maintenance bills....

I'm currently considering a McLaren, but the unknown bills and continuing depreciation is putting me off.

The 90k 650S could be £50k in two years.
the problem when you smash out as many cars a year as mclaren does

redroadster

981 posts

177 months

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Too many around too many new models been released it will hurt new sales when people realise plunge when toy is no longer needed ,couple more years 50 grand .Good.

Gameface

9,639 posts

22 months

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This should be a Brave Pill not a Spotted.

Mileage, colour, interior, McLaren reliability are all against it.


LaurasOtherHalf

15,383 posts

141 months

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rofl that colour combination!

BMW A6

780 posts

9 months

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Can someone give examples of eye watering maintenance or repair costs for these or 12C?

Any supercar will be expensive to run and maintain.

90k sounds a bargain - need to know what worst case scenario is with annual running costs.

The Vambo

3,749 posts

86 months

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Are there respected McLaren specialists who save you having to go to the dealer yet?

Turbobanana

1,465 posts

146 months

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LaurasOtherHalf said:
rofl that colour combination!
Because it's not Retail Silver with Predictable Black leather? Not my choice either, but I assume it was somebody's aspiration.

The correct colour for a McLaren is Papaya. IMO, of course smile

Dynamic Space Wizard

656 posts

49 months

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laugh I'll wait a couple of months and buy a 720S for the same price laugh

likesachange

1,665 posts

139 months

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BMW A6 said:
Can someone give examples of eye watering maintenance or repair costs for these or 12C?

Any supercar will be expensive to run and maintain.

90k sounds a bargain - need to know what worst case scenario is with annual running costs.
Worse case scenario is same as any supercar I'd imagine?! Engine failure ??! and you have a huge repair bill.

If its done so many miles and only had 1 or 2 owners then id imagine it would be a reasonably healthy proposition over a 8 owner 5k mile car that's 20k more. All problems if any ironed out.