Our Cars brief update, McLaren 650S Spider (Month three), CAR+ January 2016

Published: 04 November 2015

► Month three living with the McLaren 650S
► One day it’s a monster on track…
► … the next it’s an enjoyable cruiser 

A couple of unforgettable consecutive days brought the McLaren’s versatility into focus. On the Thursday, a Pure track day at Silverstone. More on this later but suffice to say the 650S, with its assists pegged back but not switched off and its twin-turbo V8 savaging anything resembling a straight, was an awe-inspiring ally. And the next morning two of us, together with an unfeasible number of bags, cruised to the Goodwood Revival, enjoying the McLaren’s immaculate road manners. 

Logbook: McLaren 650S Spider 

Engine: 3799cc twin-turbo V8, 641bhp @ 7250rpm, 500lb ft @ 6000rpm 
Transmission: 7spd auto, rwd 
Stats: 3.0sec 0-62mph, 204mph 
Price: £215,520 
As tested: £251,080 
Miles this month: 546 
Total miles: 1861
Our mpg: 17.3 
Official mpg: 24.1 
Fuel this month: £180.55 
Extra costs: £0

By Ben Miller

The editor of CAR magazine, story-teller, average wheel count of three