I know it’s amazing and doesn't make any sense, but I don’t like the way it came to be. Most will disagree with me, and maybe they're right.

Unlike certain lucky Texans, I haven’t had the chance to drive a McLaren 650S. Yet. I rode shotgun in one on track, only to be amazed by its insane grip, ridiculous acceleration, and gut-punching braking.

But I still don’t like the 650S because its nose is a lazy P1 ripoff (which, by the way, got fixed on their new ‘entry-level’ car), and because it killed of the MP4-12C prematurely.

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Of course there’s a good reason for that: it's called evolution. The 12C was a brilliant car, but as McLaren got feedback from customers and gained experience from the P1’s development, all that had to be put into practice to create something even better.

The 650S is faster, more refined, and even more playful on track. It’s a dream and it sells better too, so it's an absolute win on every level. But I still don't like it.

I guess I’ll just have to buy the Sports Series. Could be worse.

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