You rarely meet a McLaren employee who wouldn’t be slim-hipped enough to slip into a racing bucket seat and compete in a GT race if the need suddenly arose.
The same build is clearly expected of its customers. The fixed-back, Alcantara-covered sports seats of our test car were so snug that anyone with a BMI higher than 20 can forget about squeezing into them comfortably. Occupant space is, mercifully, otherwise generous.
Alcantara extends almost throughout, with attractive contrast stitching across the fascia and door facings. Where that material isn’t found, carbonfibre presents a suitably purposeful impression – on the skinny centre stack, door consoles and steering wheel.
The wheel itself is flat-bottomed but otherwise perfectly proportioned, located quite high and upright, with more reach adjustment than any of our testers required. In a contrast to Ferrari design philosophy so stark that it couldn’t be coincidental, there isn’t a button or switch on it. McLaren’s wheels are for steering with, pure and simple. Bravo.
The central tacho dominates an instrument cluster with colour LCD screens to either side and a small digital speedometer whose symbolic understatement somewhat undersells the sheer pace of the 650S.
A one-piece aluminium shift paddle rotates with the steering wheel and is bordered by aluminium control stalks. Lower down, slightly incongruous-looking plastic stalks are fitted for cruise control and menu navigation functions. These apart, just about everything here has a convincing aura of quality. All of the switchgear is symmetrically designed which should keep even those with OCD happy.