THE McLAREN 625C: THE FIRST REGIONALLY TAILORED McLAREN MODEL

26 Sep 2014

  • New more refined and more accessible McLaren 625C created for the increasingly important Asian market
  • Based on the globally available 650S
  • Coupe and Spider models available from launch

As McLaren continues to grow its presence globally, the British sportscar maker has announced plans for its first regionally tailored model aimed at the Asian market. The new McLaren 625C offers the greatest level of refinement of any McLaren model to date, combined with the optimised driving dynamics all McLarens are famous for.

The Asian market has seen the biggest area of growth for McLaren Automotive over the past two years, not least with the entry into China in September 2013. Sales are set to grow from 20 percent in 2013 to more than a third in 2014.

The McLaren 625C is being launched in response to customer demand in the Asian region, sharing the visual drama of the 650S, but with an increased focus on day-to-day usability and comfort. Through revisions to the groundbreaking ProActive Chassis Control and the suspension hardware, the driving dynamics and ride quality are further optimised. The end result is another no-compromise sportscar, offering class-defining levels of performance and quality, and taking refinement to a new level.

The name of the 625C refers to the power output of the highly efficient derivative of the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 powerplant – 625PS (616bhp). ‘C’ stands for ‘Club’, highlighting a more accessible and less extreme model in terms of character. However, the McLaren 625C enjoys a number of the technical advances already debuted on the McLaren 650S.

With a power output of 625PS (616 bhp), enhancements have been made to driveability and efficiency with engine torque of 610Nm (450 lb ft). Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes just 3.1 seconds, while 200 km/h (124 mph) is reached in 8.8 seconds for the Coupé. Despite the lower power of the 625C, maximum speed mirrors that of the 650S, at 333 km/h (207mph) [329 km/h (204 mph) for Spider], and CO2 emissions remain the same, at 275 g/km.

New dampers and revised mechanical balance give the McLaren 625C the most refined ride of any McLaren model to date. The bespoke set up, with a less stiff spring rate at the rear, ensure a sharp response with no loss in ride comfort through the ProActive Chassis Control system in ‘Normal’ mode, without any compromise to handling or performance in ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes, offering.  

The new McLaren 625C will initially be launched in Hong Kong, with Coupe and Spider bodystyles both immediately available. Selected other markets across the Asia Pacific region will be announced in the coming months.

TECHNICAL AND PERFORMANCE FIGURES

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION – McLaren 625C Coupe

Drivetrain Layout Longitudinal Mid-Engine, RWD   Track, F/R (mm) 1656 / 1583
Engine Configuration V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc   Length (mm) 4512

Engine

PS / rpm

625 / 7250   Width (mm) 2093
Torque Nm / rpm 610 / 3000-7000   Height (mm) 1199
Transmission 7 Speed SSG   Dry Weight (kg / lbs) 1336 / 2945
Body Structure

Carbon Fibre MonoCell with  

Aluminium Front and Rear Frames

  Active Aerodynamics McLaren Airbrake
Wheelbase (mm) 2670   Suspension ProActive Chassis Control
Brakes Cast Iron Discs with Forged Aluminium Hubs (F 370mm/R 350mm)   ProActive Chassis Control modes Normal / Sport / Track
Tyres (F/R)

Pirelli P Zero™235/35 R19/

Pirelli P Zero™305/30 R20

  Powertrain Modes Winter / Normal / Sport / Track
Wheel Sizes (F/R) 19” x 8.5”J / 20” x 11” J      

PERFORMANCE DATA

Efficiency CO2 275 g/km
  Fuel consumption (combined) 24.2 mpg
  Power to weight - with lightweight options 480PS (473 bhp) /tonne
  CO2/power 0.45 g/km per PS
     
Speed Maximum speed 333 km/h (207 mph)
     
Acceleration 0-100 kph (62 mph) 3.1 s*
  0-200 kph (124 mph) 8.8 s*
  0-300 kph (186 mph) 26.7 s*
  0-400m / ¼ mile 10.6s @136 mph

*  with optional fit Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION – McLaren 625C Spider

Drivetrain Layout Longitudinal Mid-Engine, RWD   Track, F/R (mm) 1656 / 1583
Engine Configuration V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc   Length (mm) 4512

Engine

PS / rpm

625 / 7250   Width (mm) 2093
Torque Nm / rpm 610 / 3000-7000   Height (mm) 1199
Transmission 7 Speed SSG   Dry Weight (kg / lbs) 1376 / 3034
Body Structure

Carbon Fibre MonoCell with  

Aluminium Front and Rear Frames

  Active Aerodynamics McLaren Airbrake
Wheelbase (mm) 2670   Suspension ProActive Chassis Control
Brakes Cast Iron Discs with Forged Aluminium Hubs (F 370mm/R 350mm)   ProActive Chassis Control modes Normal / Sport / Track
Tyres (F/R)

Pirelli P Zero™235/35 R19/

Pirelli P Zero™305/30 R20

  Powertrain Modes Winter / Normal / Sport / Track
Wheel Sizes (F/R) 19” x 8.5”J / 20” x 11” J      

PERFORMANCE DATA

Efficiency CO2 275 g/km
  Fuel consumption (combined) 24.2 mpg
  Power to weight - with lightweight options 466 PS (459 bhp) /tonne
  CO2/power 0.44 g/km per PS
     
Speed Maximum speed 329 km/h (204 mph)
     
Acceleration 0-100 kph (62 mph) 3.1 s*
  0-200 kph (124 mph) 9.0 s*
  0-300 kph (186 mph) 27.7 s*
  0-400m / ¼ mile 10.8s @134 mph

*  with optional fit Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres

Ends

Notes to Editors:

A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site – www.media.mclarenautomotive.com.

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Following the company’s global launch in 2010, McLaren Automotive launched the groundbreaking 12C and 12C Spider and followed this in 2013 with the limited-run McLaren P1™. In keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, the company recently unveiled the 650S Coupe and 650S Spider. The brand continues to expand, operating through a dedicated global network of retailers in every major automotive market.

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Further information

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