posted on October 31, 2019

A supercar in every sense

If you fancy yourself a supercar, nowadays there is anything but a shortage of options. Naturally, there are the obvious choices that hail from Italy, but suppose you want something a little different; something unique, yet still has just as much racing pedigree. That’s where McLaren enters the equation.

With the glory days of the mighty three-seater F1 well behind it, McLaren has enthusiastically stepped up production of its road-going cars in recent years. That means state of the art racing technology is now within reach more than ever. What better way to celebrate October than with a satisfyingly intense car of the month — the McLaren 650S?

Eric’s 2016 McLaren 650S Spider (Los Angeles, CA)

Turo host Eric’s 2016 McLaren 650S in LA is quite the head turner. In case the mouth-watering body lines, Volcano Yellow paint, and dihedral doors weren’t enough to ignite the excitement, this 650S is a Spider variant, so you can drop the top and enjoy the sunshine on some of SoCal’s favorite canyon roads.

While looks certainly play a part in the 650S’ appeal, we can’t ignore the heart of the beast. Under the rear deck lid sits a mid-mounted 3.8L V8 pumping out a supremely healthy 641 horsepower, courtesy of two turbochargers. Sending that power to the wheels is a paddle shifted seven-speed dual clutch transmission, and you’ll probably want to keep both hands on the steering wheel given the McLaren’s potential. With a 0-60 time of just under three seconds, and a top speed over 200 miles per hour, the 650S is a supercar and then some…

Power is only part of the equation though, as the real genius of any McLaren goes into the chassis and braking components. The monocoque utilizes racecar-style carbon fiber construction, which is not only very light, but also makes for a very rigid chassis. Additionally, Eric’s car proudly displays its gargantuan carbon brakes behind elegantly styled 19 and 20-inch wheels, so the 650S will come to a halt just as quick as it goes.

A racecar for the street seems like a great idea on paper, but in many instances it’s a car that’s uncomfortable to drive in the real world. The public roads are not nearly as smooth as the tarmac of a circuit, but thankfully McLaren has thought of that already. Like the McLaren 12C it replaced, the 650S comes equipped with a very trick adaptive suspension, which can adjust the shock damping to suit varying road conditions. The driver can further tinker with the ride settings via three selectable drive modes.

Eric’s McLaren is more than just the numbers and high-tech engineering wizardry. The interior is just as much a style statement as it is functional. The dash and bucket seats are wrapped in Alcantara with contrasting yellow stitching, while carbon fiber decorates the center stack of switches. Further adding to the interior aesthetics is the perforated leather steering wheel, which sits right in front of a large tachometer reminding you that the fun can goes as high as 8,500 rpm.

Next time you’re in Los Angeles, forget the conventional rental car, and make it a trip to remember with a McLaren from Turo. Whether it’s chasing the sunshine up and down the PCH, or strolling down the iconic Rodeo Drive, the 650S will set the scene wherever your adventure takes you.

Joey is usually thinking about one thing: cars, cars, and did we mention cars? If he’s not talking about cars, chances are he’s tinkering under the hood of his old E30 BMW.