4.8 out of 5 4.8
Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8

McLaren convertible promises much and delivers

McLaren 650S Spider (14-16) - rated 4.8 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £218,305 - £218,305
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £600


  • Enormous pace
  • Supreme ride comfort
  • Show-stopping looks
  • No performance penalty over coupe


  • High sill makes entry awkward
  • Sports Series cars look more modern inside

McLaren 650S Spider rivals

Written by Adam Binnie on

McLaren’s description of “luxury, engagement and excitement, on road and track, with an electrically retractable hard top” may sound like its describing a three car garage but in fact it refers to just one.

The 650S Spider, part of the Woking manufacturer’s Super Series line up, is seemingly all things to all drivers (or at least the very rich ones) offering many desirable but diametrically-opposite properties in one package.

What’s truly remarkable, and worrying for cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, Ferrari 488 Spider and Lamborghini Huracan Spider, is the depth in which it delivers on that promise.

Takes the best from the P1 and 12C

Previously this model had a slightly less aggressive front end and was called the 12C, an extremely fast yet comfortable car that made similar claims of everyday usability.

The 650S represents more than a mere facelift of the 12C. Although it has inherited the family looks of the P1 hypercar, McLaren claims it has also ploughed tech from that model into its more earthly Super Series line up.

As a consequence of the power hike, the 650S Spider is now faster. It dispatches 0-62mph in three seconds, and races on to a maximum speed of 204mph.

McLaren 650S Spider rivals