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McLaren 650S Sprint announced

McLaren updates the track car you can't race or use on the road formula with the 650S Sprint

By Matt Bird / Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It appears to have worked then. The

that looked a little pointless last year has evidently proved popular enough for McLaren to develop an updated version, the 650S Sprint.

Like a GT3, but not a GT3. And not a 650S

Like a GT3, but not a GT3. And not a 650S

As quick reminder, the 12C Sprint was a lighter, lower, track-focused 12C for customers who found the road car lacking but the GT3 car a tad too much. A niche market you'd think but one that apparently contained enough buyers.

It's much the same for the 650S Sprint. The Brake Steer has been further developed and there's a 'race setup' for the ProActive Chassis Control (we'd assume this is similar to the 40mm drop and damper retuning used on the 12C). Despite altered spring rates and a 'race-prepared' braking system McLaren claims none of the refinement or balance found in the road car has been lost.

The M838T twin-turbo V8 is ostensibly identical to the roadgoing 650S. Revised intakes improve cooling and there's a bit of recalibration work for the engine and gearbox but there are no mentions of power or torque gains. A fuel bag with quick fill connectors means no track time is wasted, something the air jack system should help also. Pirelli slicks or wets are your tyre choices.

As before, the 650S Sprint gets the full racer-look body addenda and stripped out cabin with the air con retained. It will be officially launched at Pebble Beach and costs £198,000, just a whisker more than the road car's £195,250.

 



   

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