McLaren 650S Le Mans Edition Honors Famed Race

McLaren 650S Le Mans Edition Honors Famed Race

McLaren is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a special model.

The British automaker announced the McLaren 650S Le Mans, a limited edition model that features design and styling inspired by the race-winning chassis #01R McLaren F1 GTR including its iconic roof-mounted “snorkel” air intake. The special edition model was designed by McLaren Special Operations with consultation from Peter Stevens, the designer of the iconic F1. Available in coupe form only, the 650s Le Mans comes with lightweight 19-inch wheels in the front and 20-inch wheels in the rear and McLaren Orange calipers.

Performance remains the same as the standard production 650S with 641 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque but the 650S Le Mans does benefit from carbon fiber features including the front splitter and rear bumper. The limited edition model also gets MSO-developed extended side blades and the distinctive MSO rear diffuser. Inside, the automaker has outfitted the McLaren 650S Le Mans with black leather and Alcantara while the sport seats are finished in black with contrasting McLaren Orange Alcantara.

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Limited to just 50 units worldwide, the McLaren 650S Le Mans will begin deliveries in mid-2015. Owners of the vehicle will receive an exclusive invitation to join the automaker at the 20th anniversary celebration at the Le Mans circuit. Pricing in the U.S. was not announced, but it will be priced at £244,500 ($370,660) in the UK.

“With a mix of subtle design traits, the 650S Le Mans adds a modern twist by blending the iconic lines of the McLaren F1, and heritage features such as the wing louvres and the roof-mounted air intake, with groundbreaking technologies,” said Peter Stevens. “It is a fantastic homage to that original design, and to the incredible race result achieved by the team in 1995 at one of the most difficult, and most challenging races in the world.”

Update: McLaren has reached out to AutoGuide.com to announce that U.S. pricing for the McLaren 650S Le Mans will be $320,500 and only nine units will be coming to the U.S.

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