If you’re in the market for a £200k supercar, then it’s hard to think of anything that delivers better value than the McLaren 650S, says Steve Sutcliffe in Autocar.
There’s never been a facelift quite like this McLaren 650S, says Nick. The car is almost £20,000 more than the 12 C model it updates, and you can still buy the old one. But does the car justify the price hike?
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It’s pitched as “the world’s ultimate luxury sports car”, a car “as happy rat-running through potholed side streets at the end of a working day as it is nailing Cadwell Park’s notorious Gooseneck corkscrew corner”.
And the car lives up to its billing. The V8 engine delivers “the wallop of Thor’s own hammer right up to the 8,000rpm redline”, and “if the engine is close on perfect, then the ride and handling is more than a match”. The car, in short, is amazing – going effortlessly from “giving-mum-a-lift compliance to track-attack turn-in precision and control”.
Kia has revealed the GT4 Stinger, which represents its vision of the sports car of the future, describing it as “the brand’s most aggressive concept car ever.”
The car is a departure from the production models Kia is known for and represents a new style of design for the manufacturer.
The ‘tiger nose” grille at the front of the four-seat coupe has a surround that glows white and is flanked by vertical LED headlamps. The clamshell bonnet has chrome accents as well as bulges for the 20in alloys.
For those of you already familiar with Kia, the Stinger is the same length as the Kia Cee’d at 4,310mm but lower and wider with a shorter wheelbase.
The GT4 features strong but lightweight carbon fibre parts – the aluminum wheels have carbon fibre inserts and there is a carbon fibre insert fitted underneath the front bumper to help improve aerodynamics.
If the car goes into production, its main rival will most likely be the Toyota GT 86 as both cars have the same size engine and are of similar weight.