McLaren's 625C has less horsepower but a smoother ride

This Asian variant of the 650S supercar still looks good but has tweaks requested by buyers
McLaren's 625C has less horsepower but a smoother ride

McLaren's Asian buyers are important enough that when they asked for tweaks to its already great 650S entry-level supercar, the automobile maker complied.

Behold the 625C, which McLaren says is "regionally tailored" though on the outside its exterior is identical to the original.

The original car has a 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 engine with a maximum power output of 650PS. That's at 7,250 rpm. At 6,000 rpm, expect 678 Nm of torque. Also onboard is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Pricey, less powerful, but more comfortable?

What does the new 625C have in comparison? Its power output has been lowered to 625 PS and McLaren says it improved on the car's "day-to-day usability and comfort.” We're guessing they've tweaked the suspension to deal with our less-than-ideal Asian roads. The new car has softer spring rates at the rear as well as new dampers.

Speed demons, don't cry. The car can still go from 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds and the Coupe tops out at 207mph and the Spider at 204mph.

Speculation is the lower horsepower is for tax purposes as cars above a certain bracket are taxed more. Still, it is a undeniably gorgeous car that's still very, very fast.

The original 650S only just launched in Malaysia for RM2.4 million and RM2.6 million for the Coupe and Spider bodystyles. So it's likely the 625C will be a little cheaper because of the smaller housepower but we're still looking at a car in the region of RM2 million or so. Currently the car will be launched in Hong Kong first before it hits other selected countries in Asia

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[Source: Wired]