With all the attention the Ferrari 458 Speciale has received since it was introduced late last year, McLaren appears to be itching to build something similar for the McLaren 12C. And before you wonder what the 12C GT Can-Am Edition is for, it’s best to remember that it’s actually more of a race car than a high-powered road supercar .
So Autocar is reporting that a hardcore 12C is in the works and this one will be a direct competitor to the 458 Speciale. That’s just awesome because nothing excites us more than two esteemed premium brands answering each other’s limited-edition exotics with one of their own. That’s like Katy Perry inventing a new dance routine to combat Miley Cyrus’ twerking.
Ok, we’re digressing...
In any case, the rumored "hardcore 12C" is being tipped to carry the same twin-turbo 3.8-liter, V-8 engine as that of the standard 12C. The only difference is that the former will have an improved version of the said powertrain, with performance numbers rumored to hit close to 650 horsepower.
Should those numbers be accurate, that would give the McLaren a significant performance hit compared to the 458 Speciale. It’s also important to point out that the rumored 12C will come with a host of aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades, including a design that will have some influences from the McLaren P1 to go with extensive use of carbon-fiber monocell and enhanced aerodynamic capabilities.
So prepare yourselves for a big year for McLaren. At the very least, Ferrari should be looking out for this rumored high-end 12C because there’s a good chance that the bar will once again be raised in this never-ending game of supercar supremacy.
We’ll be sitting by the couch with the popcorn ready.
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