The McLaren MP4-12C is not for the average car consumer. Named the “Hottest Exotic” by Playboy for 2012, this car screams speed and sex. It’s like watching a cheetah race across the landscape on the Masi Mara Plains in Kenya. Nothing could be more sleek, more alive, more beautiful.
This is a vehicle you have to touch. From the insect like wings (reminiscent of the De Lorean), through the classic lines, this is a vehicle that you want to caress. A new high quality paint finish including the latest ‘Elite’ color Volcano Yellow has been added.
It has a 3.8 liter twin turbo charged V-8 616 hp engine with a seven speed dual clutch automated manual transmission (with a seamless shift gearbox). We’re talking 3.1 seconds from zero to sixty.
With a base price of $268,250 there are lots of options to consider. The MSO Carbon Pack option includes: carbon fiber engine cover vents, carbon fiber rear deck vent, carbon fiber wiper system cover ($14,464).
The MP4-12C comes with P235/35ZR18 front and P305/30Z420 rear Pirelli P-Zero tires (low profile with 235mm width, 19” rims) with 20” painted alloy wheels. Options include ‘Stealth Wheel Finish’ ($1,500), ‘Diamond Cut Wheel Finish’ ($2,040), ‘Lightweight Forged Wheels’ ($4,200) and ‘Super-Lightweight Forged Wheels’ ($5,400).
The interior comes standard with sport bucket seats part leather with fabric inserts. A unique lightweight 3D effect is used on the door panels and seats utilizing McLaren’s four distinctive shades. Options for the interior include Alcantara, which is a man made material that looks and feels like suede but is far more durable. Other options include electric and heated memory seats ($3,600).
The MP4-12’s audio system comes standard with the Meridian Audio System with media player and 40 GB hard drive. This is a 2 channel, 4 speaker sounds system with AM/FM radio, touch screen and Bluetooth wireless connection. The audio option is an IRIS Upgrade with Satellite Navigation & Meridian Surround Sound System including a 80 GB hard drive, digital signal processing, voice control, WLAN connection, home file transfer, viewer & email ($7,200).
The options are almost endless including ‘Front & Rear Parking System’ ($2,160), ‘Stealth Pack’ ($1,080) which is black exhaust tips and air brake trim, and a ‘Vehicle Tracking System’ ($800).
On added value for the latest Mp4-12C, McLaren has added a new safety system. The car’s lights will automatically come on when rain is detected by the windshield rain sensor. Also, the new “Auto Lo” gets the car temperature down fast, efficiently and quieter using lower fan speeds.
With a four-corner auto leveling suspension, this is a smooth ride. This is a Formula One experience that has come to your street and mine. In the words of the McLaren Automotive Managing Director “The team at McLaren Automotive recognizes that our existing and future customers deserve the very best product and service we can offer, and the launch of the enhanced McLaren MP4-12C reaffirms its position as the most powerful luxury sports car among its competitor set.”Cat : McLaren,