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The McLaren 625C was introduced to the Asian market on Friday. It’s the first “regionally tailored” model from the company, and surprisingly, it doesn’t come with a back seat for the oft-chauffeured Asian businessman.

The 625C is based on the 650S and will be available in both coupe and spider body styles from launch. The Asian market has seen the biggest growth for the company over the past two years.

Power comes from the same twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V8 making 616 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. It’s fed through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It takes 3.1 seconds to get to 62 mph, 8.8 seconds to reach 124 mph. Like the 650S, maximum speed of the 625C is 207 mph, 204 for the Spider.

McLaren 625C for Asia

The new McLaren 625C will initially be launched in Hong Kong, with Coupe and Spider bodystyles both immediately available. Selected other markets across the Asia Pacific region will be announced in the coming months. Photo by McLaren

McLaren says the 625C was launched in response to customer demand in the region, the denizens of which want the “visual drama, but with an increased focus on day-to-day usability.” McLaren changed up the ProActive Chassis Control and the suspension hardware, softening up the rear spring rate and easing the high-strung nature of the steering. The company says the handling isn’t compromised in track mode. But we’ll believe that when we see it. To China!

The McLaren 625C will be launched in Hong Kong; selected other markets will be announced in the coming months.