As if it wasn’t bad enough that after six years of development, the McLaren MP4-12C gets a rather disappointing - considering McLaren’s formidable reputation for speed - 7:28 Nurburgring lap time, the vehicle also has to deal with the safety issues that have recently plagued its existence. But fear not, McLaren followers, the company has already started to work its way past these problems and have even laid out a number of variants that will hopefully hit the market at a faster rate with better results.
We all know McLaren will update the software needed to fix the issues and we find ourselves to be a group of rather positive and forgiving people, so instead of focusing on the mess McLaren has gotten themselves in, we’re going to look towards their future success stories. We don’t exactly know which model the market will be privy to first, but McLaren has three variants in their automotive pockets to dazzle the crowds in their chosen auto show: the McLaren MP4-12C Spider , the McLaren MP4-12C GT version , and the new successor for the F1 supercar, being called the McLaren MegaMac. We’ve come up with renderings for all three to provide an insight past the drama.
Hit the jump to get details on McLaren’s three new MP4-12C variants.
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McLaren MP4-12C Spider
The McLaren MP4-12C Spider is expected to be unveiled next year and will feature a retractable hard-top, but will maintain the same mechanical setup and general design found in the standard model. As with the coupe model, the Spyder will feature a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine that develops 600 HP and 442 lb-ft of torque. This setup achieves a stellar power-to-weight ratio of 455bhp/tonne and will allow the vehicle to reach 60mph in 3.3 seconds and an even faster 3.1 seconds with the optional high-performance tire option. As this car will undoubtedly be compared to the McLaren F1 of the past, the new team made sure the top speed of the 12C would be formidable topping out at 205mph. The engine will be mated to a 7-speed twin-clutch Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG) that will be controlled via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
McLaren MP4-12C GT
The McLaren MP4-12C GT - or McLaren’s response to the Porsche 911 - is internally coded as P13. It is being built as a successor for the SLR and will be launched in 2014. McLaren hopes to sell towards 2500 units per year.
This softer core McLaren is seen with 2+2 seats enabling the driver to ride along with a few of his friends while still maintaining some of the classic McLaren components and body parts. This rendering provides a classic McLaren vehicle with the additional 2 seats that currently sets the Porsche apart.
The McLaren MegaMac may be the biggest news yet as it will be the new successor for the F1 supercar. The new hypercar is code named P12 and is anticipated for late 2012 or early 2013. It is rumored to feature a 5.0-liter V8 engine developed in partnership with Ricardo that will deliver 800 HP. It will be mated to a Graziano seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.