McLaren has built a limited edition 650S Can-Am to celebrate 50 years of the inaugural 1966 Can-Am racing season. Only 50 examples will be made with an asking price of £2,55,850, and deliveries scheduled to begin by spring of 2016.
The 650S Can-Am is based on the 650S Spider and built by McLaren Special Operations with a choice of three exterior colours – Mars Red, Papaya Spark and Onyx Black. Carbon fiber is used extensively, beginning from the MonoCell chassis and retractable hard top to the bonnet, front splitter, airbrake, rear bumper centre, door blades and 650S Can-Am branded door sill cover. The forged alloy wheels are also inspired by the 1960’s race cars with a gloss-black finish and diamond cut rim. They are held in place by titanium bolts and shod with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
Some other throwbacks to the 60’s design are the louvered front wings (in carbon fiber), and polished stainless steel exhaust system housed within a new visual carbon fibre rear grille that also provide the 650S Can-Am with a unique exhaust note.
Step inside, and the driver is greeted by standard sports seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara with the special feeling conveyed by the dedication plaque located on the driver’s door. Carbon fiber is seen here as well on the center console and flat-bottomed steering wheel.
Drive for the limited-edition is provided by the same 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 used in the 650S Spider. It produces 650 PS (641 bhp) and 678 Nm (500 lb-ft) of torque, propelling the convertible to 62 mph (100 km/h) in three seconds and on to a top speed of 204 mph (329 km/h).