McLaren confirms 4.0-litre V8 for 650S replacement

McLaren confirms 4.0-litre V8 for 650S replacement

MCLAREN has confirmed that its 650S-replacing supercar will come with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 when it is launched at the Geneva Motor Show.

The as-yet-unnamed Ferrari 488 rival will form the new Super Series level of McLaren’s range, sitting above the 570S and associated cars that make up the Sports Series.

Although many manufacturers are making their engines smaller to meet emissions regulations, McLaren has upped the Super Series from 3.8 to 4.0 litres to offer increased performance.

No power outputs have yet been confirmed, but the Woking-based brand says the newcomer will sprint from a standstill to 124mph in 7.8 seconds – roughly the same amount of time a Jaguar XE diesel takes to get from 0-60mph.

As well as being larger than its predecessor, the new engine, dubbed M840T, uses two ultra-low-inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers that spool up more rapidly than earlier versions. According to McLaren, this provides a faster throttle response and reduced turbo lag.

The new engine also gets a special exhaust system that has been harmonically tuned to provide a soundtrack matching the car’s impressive performance, yet those in search of an even more vocal engine can specify a more brutal sport exhaust.

‘The new 4.0-litre M840T is an outstanding engine powering an exceptional supercar capable of covering a standing quarter mile in 10.3 seconds,’ said McLaren Super Series vehicle line director Haydn Baker.

‘Power, torque and throttle response are all significantly enhanced compared to the first-generation Super Series, yet with fuel efficiency and emissions also notably improved.’

The new Super Series car will be unveiled on March 7 at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens its doors to the public on March 9 after two press preview days.

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