Visually identical to the 650S, the 625C is described by McLaren as "more refined and accessible" and is aimed solely at Asian enthusiasts
Darren Moss
26 September 2014

McLaren has revealed a toned-down version of the 650S for its increasingly lucrative Asian market.

Produced in response to "customer demand in the Asian market", the 625C is powered by McLaren’s familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine.

However, while power in the standard 650S is 641bhp and maximum torque measured at 500lb ft, the 625C has 616bhp and 450lb ft – the same as the now-discontinued 12C.

Nevertheless, McLaren says the 625C – the C stands for Club – can reach 62mph in 3.1 seconds, and has a top speed of 207mph, the same top speed as the 650S. CO2 emissions from the model also remain the same as its higher-powered sibling, at 275g/km, while the 625C is capable of returning a claimed 24.2mpg on the combined cycle.

The 625C is fitted with new dampers and a revised suspension setup – including softer spring rates at the rear – giving it what McLaren calls “the most refined ride” of any of its models. Also changed are the brakes, which are cast-iron discs instead of the carbonfibre-ceramic units found on the 650S. Those changes are designed to give the 625C better every day usability and comfort.

McLaren’s ProActive Chassis Control system, which offers driving modes for both normal and track use, is unchanged.

It’s little surprise that McLaren should invest so heavily in the Asian market: in 2013, the region contributed 20 per cent of the firm’s global sales. Buoyed by its entry into China in September last year, McLaren expects Asia to secure more than a third of its total sales in 2014.

Both coupé and Spider versions of the 625C will go on sale, and the model will initially launch in Hong Kong. It will be rolled out to other Asian markets in the coming months.

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Our Verdict

McLaren 650S

The latest addition to McLaren's line-up may be based on the 12C, but this is a whole new ball-game

26 September 2014
Basically a 12C in drag then. I like the idea of a softer ride and improved day to day liveability though. I think they should offer it globally myself.

Cyborg

26 September 2014
I did write a long, considered (and intelligent) response to this article but yet again I have been asked to verify myself by typing in some stupid random code. ZGCF4 this time, and to be honest I can't be arsed. Never been the same since they got rid of Ask Goodwin...

 

27 September 2014
Leslie Brook wrote:

I did write a long, considered (and intelligent) response to this article but yet again I have been asked to verify myself by typing in some stupid random code. ZGCF4 this time, and to be honest I can't be arsed. Never been the same since they got rid of Ask Goodwin...

I share your frustration in that regard, LB. A couple of times I wasn't allowed to comment period, despite punching in the right random code, because the firewall system (or whatever it is) decided I was a spammer! It did ask me to email them to confirm I was not a spammer, but frankly, as you say, it's becoming a pain in the backside.

As for the car, it does sound like the old 12C with the 650/P1 nose.

27 September 2014
I also have suffered these verification codes a few times and was blocked for a whole 24 hours despite typing in the correct code.
Sometimes change does not necessarily be better.

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