While the entire automotive world is focused on the 2012 Paris Auto Show set to start tomorrow, Jay Leno is showing us how he takes full advantage of his king-like status in the automotive world by showing off the toys he played with at Pebble Beach. This latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage features two of the most impressive models displayed at the Concours: the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder and 12C Can-Am Edition.
McLaren design director, Frank Stephenson, joined Leno in his review and helped out by offering a few details on the two models. He pointed out that the 12C Spider is only 88 lbs heavier than the coupe and that the Can-Am concept is about to enter production as a dedicated track car.
If true, this can be one of the most powerful race cars out there, getting a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers an amazing 630 HP!
We envy the people of Singapore sometimes, specifically in terms of how they get exclusive special edition super cars in their country. We’ve already seen the Lamborghini Gallardo Singapore Edition, and that was pretty mind-blowing. However, at the Singapore Grand Prix, British automaker McLaren is dropping their own exclusive MP4-12C. It’s called the Fire Black Singapore Edition and it is hot!
Only three of these babies will be built, each coming with a special Fire Black base color that has been complemented by Rocket Red highlights and silver pinstripes. The color combination is absolutely stunning, and the matching interior was built to put the colors of McLaren’s Formula 1 car into the exclusive MP4-12C.
The aggressive body kit also plays into the super car’s overall appeal, The front and rear bumpers, in particular, add a fiercer profile to the car while the set of lightweight rims are the perfect fit for a car of this stature.
Needless to say, these three MP4-12C Fire Black Singapore Edition models won’t come cheap. Two have already been spoken for, so if you want to score the last available model, be ready to drop $1.28 million.
The Windsor Castle Concours d’Elegance is an event sponsored by Bentley that no one really pays much attention to. In fact, it just took place on September 7th-9th and there wasn’t that much buzz about it at all. That being said, it looks like the show brought together some of the most impressive supercars currently available on the market.
One of these supercars is a McLaren MP4-12C, but it was no standard McLaren. This was a "special" MP4-12C that received a nose job from McLaren’s Special Operations division. Apparently, a number of clients were asking for more aggressive styling and so the company decided to give them what they were asking for.
The new nose was inspired by the exclusive High Sport version and includes a new color-coded front bumper made of carbon fiber with a carbon-Kevlar lower lip. McLaren also added revised vents and aerodynamic elements to replace the tire spoilers on the stock unit.
These new elements can either be ordered from the factory or installed on the already existing models upon the customer’s request. Price? Hasn’t even been announced yet.
At this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, McLaren announced their new customization program: the McLaren Exclusive. Their first project was a very cool MP4-12C that featured a custom Satin Orange paint finish and a slew of aerodynamic parts. The second has just been released and is called "Project 8."
McLaren hasn’t officially offered any details on this new project, but Tomirri Photography was invited over by the big wigs to take a few pictures of the new supercar. As you can see, the new Project 8 consists of new design packages for both the new MP4-12C sports car and the old F1 supercar. The two models are being offered with a very cool white exterior paint finish combined with contrasting red accents. The same paint combination was also used for the interior, mixed in with lots of carbon fiber.
We hope McLaren will unveil the official details on this project soon, but until then, enjoy these very cool images of the two supercars!
This 19-year old model named Riley Reid has the body to make computer screens melt. Likewise, the McLaren MP4-12C roars like a pristine supercar that’s ready to pounce on anyone daring enough to go up against it. Put these two combustible elements together and you have a pictorial that’s too hot for words.
To be clear, the photos of Reid posing with the MP4-12C aren’t photo-shopped, which means that posterior of hers is completely legitimate. Then there’s the McLaren supercar, which is now headed stateside, providing its American customers an opportunity to enjoy the 3.8-liter V8 bi-turbo aluminum engine it has. It’s got 600 horsepower on tap and 600 Nm of torque with a 0-62 mph time of just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.
We enjoy quality photos when we see them, and trust us, this spread of Riley Reid and the McLaren MP4-12C is one gallery you wouldn’t want to miss.
Now, just check out the gallery below to refine your "artsy" side.
The new McLaren MP4-12C Spyder made its world debut at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours in California and this was the perfect opportunity for the guys over Drive to shot a pretty impressive video of the new sports roadster.
The video is featuring Chief designer for McLaren Automotive, Frank Stephenson, who is talking about the designing process on the new 12C Spyder, but is also revealing the secret behind the 12C Spider’s yellow paint job - it has to do with Ayrton Senna. He is also explaining why McLaren got inspired by the best automotive designer in the world: mother nature. Just watch the video and you will find out why!
Just like with the coupe, the new 12C Spyder is powered by a 616 HP 3.8-liter V8 twin turbo engine combined with a 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission. The Spider version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and will hit a top speed of 204 mph.
The guys over at Road And Track always seem to have their hands full of the biggest and best sports cars currently on the market, and their latest tests brings out the best of Italy, Britain, and the US of A. These guys hit Spring Mountain’s Radical Loop with the Ferrari 458 Italia, the McLaren MP4-12C, and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
The least powerful model of the group is the 458 Italia, which is powered by a 4.5 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 570 HP. Then comes the MP4-12C, which is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing a total of 616 HP (for the 2013 model year). Finally, there is the top notch Corvette, the ZR1, which is the most powerful with a 6.2-liter LS9 aluminum block V8 engine that delivers a total of 638 HP.
So, which of the three models made the best impression during the test drive? Watch the video and find out!
Since then, a number of Mclaren supercars have been born from this program, including the MP4-12C High Sport and, most recently, the X-1. Now it looks like there’s another one being cooked up.
Our friends over at Jalopnik managed to get brochure images of another project car from Mclaren’s Special Operations, an exclusive supercar that has been christened "Project Alpha." Unlike the X-1 and it’s one-off status, Project Alpha will comprise of six special edition MP4-12Cs that have been designed with a number of distinctive aerodynamic modifications.
The images point to these modifications, which include a Gloss Black front splitter, louvered front rear wings similar to the High Sport models, a Gloss Black roof, a Gloss Black painted rear deck, carbon fiber rear fender vents, Gloss Black GT3 bumpers, and a set of lightweight Gloss Black diamond cut rims.
Meanwhile, the interior of the Project Alpha MP4-12Cs appears to include a carbon fiber steering wheel with Alcantara wheel trips, a black Alcantara cluster cover, and a brushed stainless steel badge depicting the supercar’s chassis number.
According to Jalopnik, the Project Alpha MP4-12Cs will head this way, specifically in Chicago, where six customers are already in line to receive all six models of the limited run supercar. These models will also carry the performance updates of the 2013 cars.
McLaren Special Operations (MSO) was introduced to the public last year, as the customization arm for the famed supercar builder. Think of it like Mercedes’ AMG without the performance parts. We haven’t heard too much from this arm in the last year, but that is because they have obviously been extremely busy.
“Busy doing what,” you may ask. Well, they were busy taking an MP4-12C and turning it into a one-off machine like no other to ever roam the streets. This new monster is the brain child of one lucky McLaren client and McLaren designer, Hong Yeo.
The client actually came to McLaren three years ago looking for a car that was more unique than the McLaren F1 and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren that he had already owned. The X1, which MLaren has just unveiled at "The Quail: A Motorsport Gathering," is based on the MP4-12C and was imagined as a timeless car with inspiration from multiple items, including: 1961 Facel Vega, a 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia, a 1959 Buick Electra, a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K, a 1971 Citroën SM, the Guggenheim museums in New York and Bilbao, a Jaeger LeCoultre art deco clock, an Airstream trailer, a Thomas Mann Montblanc pen, a grand piano, and an eggplant
That’s a huge list of inspirations, but when you look at the X-1, you can actually visualize where each piece may have gained its inspiration. Well, except for whichever piece was inspired by the Jaeger LeCoultre art deco clock and the Thomas Mann Montblanc pen, as we have no clue which clock or pen inspired it.
To have a good look at this wild X-1 and read our review on it, click past the jump.
Get your seat belts ready and fasten up, McLaren fans!
The British automaker has released a one-off, race concept that will blow your socks off. The car is called the 12C Can-Am Edition and is based on the MP4-12C GT3 race car. The only difference is that the 12C Can-Am Edition is far and away more powerful than its GT3 cousin.
Set to debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance organized in California, the 12C Can-Am Edition is what happens when you have an automaker as devoted to the meticulous and obsessive pursuit of performance like McLaren put their thinking hats and build a car that’s just way too cool for words.
It’s been dressed in the company’s now iconic McLaren Orange paint scheme, further adding a touch of Woking to its overall appeal. Add that to a boat load of aerodynamic modifications combined with enhanced performance capabilities and it’s easy to surmise exactly why McLaren is taking pride in this one-off race concept.
UPDATE 11/19/12: The McLaren MP4-12C Can-Am Edition is headed to production. How much is it going to cost? Find out after the jump!
Find out more about the McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition after the jump