By on February 13, 2014


Every year about this time, the most cooperative journalists in the business start receiving their manufacturer-supplied first-class tickets to Geneva. This can be as much misery as joy; one famous TTAC alum who now does Rutledge Wood impersonations for a major YouTube channel once publicly complained about the A/C condenser on a KLM 747 actually having the audacity to drip water on him as he was being served a Chianti with fava beans, or something like that. Poor guy. I hope he never accidentally watches Schindler’s List.

Anyway, the Geneva show is coming up soon, and that means that the new McLaren middleweight sports car is just around the corner.

The third model of the McLaren range has been in flux for some time, at least in the perception of the media. We thought it was going to be a 911 Turbo competitor with the name “P13”. But then we heard it was going to be an Aventador rival with the name “P15”. It now appears that it will be an Aventador rival with the name “650S”. Why is it called 650S? Perhaps because it has 650 horsepower. Perhaps because it will cost $650,000. Perhaps because it’s been given a “650” rating in McLaren’s newest Byzantine method for measuring automotive performance. We just don’t know. But it’s heading your way, so if you have a deposit down on an Aventador, you might want to, um…

take delivery of that Aventador. Let’s face it. The only panties that drop for a McLaren belong to Jeremy Clarkson.

(Hat tip to my Malaysian pals at LiveLifeDrive)

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12 Comments on “The McLaren P15 Is Now The McLaren 650S...”

  • avatar

    The Aventador has 700 HP. 650 HP sounds like the best guess. Also, the MP4-C12 was only 200 something grand.

  • avatar

    650 is the number of people expected to care about this car.

    And the S is of a different font size than the numbers.

  • avatar

    P1, P2, P3. Is this that hard?

    • 0 avatar
      juicy sushi

      It would appear for McLaren it is. Apparently the actual P1 would be the original F1, and the currently named P1 was actually the P12 (internally). I don’t know how this industry (it’s not just a McLaren thing) can spend so much money, and then have idiotic nomenclature schemes.

    • 0 avatar

      McLaren boss Ron Dennis is (in)famously anal about picking the nits. one woulda thought he would have decided on a naming scheme beforehand.

      Of course, he is also boss of the racing team whose cars have the most romantic naming scheme evah.

      • 0 avatar
        juicy sushi

        Meh, they all have the same naming schemes for race cars. Except Ferrari, who used to, and then sometime in the Schumacher-era decided to start randomly naming stuff.

  • avatar

    Lots of ego and vanity go into the name. This smells like Honda is getting involved.
    BTW, there are not a lot of numerical combos left that don’t have their own baggage…

  • avatar

    Jack – don`t you rate the McLaren, I didn`t think iyt was just Clarkson who liked them.

    Also, more importantly, any news on your next car?

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      I think they’re great cars, for guys. They just don’t do what you want a supercar to really do, which is to pull women.

      I should have the new car within 7 days. Waiting on a pal to work a deal for me :)

      • 0 avatar

        My friends, family and I have owned just about everything. The sad reality is that women care little to nothing about supercars/sports cars in general I have found. They may feign interest for awhile, but they really like SUVs first, Jesus Christ they love Range Rovers and G Wagens, then some like lifted pickup trucks and then old muscle cars. Unless you actually give them the Ferrari convertible to drive themselves, they couldn’t care less about it. If you like having every guy in the world come up to you, buy a supercar.

  • avatar

    “Let’s face it. The only panties that drop for a McLaren belong to Jeremy Clarkson.”

    And even he’d rather have a Ferrari.

  • avatar

    Last time we went to the auto show my wife and I checked out the supercar section. Her panties dropped faster for the McLaren 12C over all the others, though 2nd place went to the Ferrari 458. The Audi R8 would get a drop to her knees. She wasn’t so into the Lambos.

    Not sure what that says about her, but I do love that she insists on driving a stick. :)

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