McLaren’s new 650S model, which slots in between the 12C and the P1 hypercar, occupies a somewhat awkward space in the brand’s lineup. Well, we should say it occupied an awkward space—because according to PistonHeads, that space just expanded. McLaren is apparently pausing 12C production while it works to fulfill orders pouring in for the 12C-based 650S.
While it makes sense for McLaren to divert its resources to the latest/greatest 650S over the 12C—especially given how many 12C components the 650S likely uses—it does somewhat cast a cloud over the 12C’s future. PH reports that McLaren plans to continue to offer the 12C, and will continue taking orders through the car’s production slowdown, but one has to wonder whether the company is simply quietly putting the model to rest in anticipation of the launch for the upcoming P13 911-fighter.
Even though the 650S is more expensive, it comes with more performance, more equipment, and a far spicier look than the 12C. Despite continual improvements, the 12C quickly starts to look like dated goods in the shadow of the 650S and the mighty P1.