McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren announced the launch of their Special Operations bespoke division in 2011, which provides their customers with any and all possibilities of customizing the MP4-12C of their dreams. Now the company is using their Middle East division to unveil a one-off MP4-12C Volcano Orange Edition that previews some of the updates offered for the 2013 MP4-12C and the recently launched 12C Spider .

This one-off MP4-12C is painted in a hot Volcano Orange with contrasting carbon fiber highlights. Carbon fiber was used for the restyled bumpers, the tailor-made bonnet, the air vents, and the rear deck, while the GT3-style rear bumper is painted in gloss black.

For the interior, McLaren has opted for Alcantara with contrasting Volcano Orange stitching, and nickel plated interior switches and steering wheel spokes. Carbon fiber was used for the gear shift paddles, center console, and air conditioning control console, as well as on the center logo of the steering wheel.

McLaren Special Operations Head of Sales, Marcus Korbach commented: "The response to our personalization services from Middle East customers has been incredibly exciting. Customers who fit bespoke content to their cars in the Middle East region are spending on average three times more than customers in other regions around the world in which McLaren Automotive operates, this gives us the opportunity to really demonstrate the capabilities of McLaren Special Operations."

German tuner Hamann has been known for some pretty eclectic and outlandish projects. But no matter what kind of expectations we have for those guys, we were still caught off guard when photos of a McLaren MP4-12C Art Car popped up on their Facebook page.

We’ve since found out details regarding this MP4-12C Art Car and as it turns out, it’s actually based on the MP4-12C program they first introduced last March. Remember the MemoR that was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year?

That one carried a pretty ill aesthetic and aerodynamic program despite not having any performance improvements to it. This one, though, takes the aesthetics to a whole new level. It’s described as a "magnificent haute couture," a description that pays ode to its flashy, multi-color body that has been combined with an aerodynamic body kit that draws inspiration from the McLaren F1. There’s a new front bumper with LED daytime running lights, a front splitter, a roof-mounted air intake, revised side skirts, an extended diffuser, a prominent rear wing and new set of 21" aluminum wheels.

Unlike other Art Cars that were mostly built for display, this MP4-12C MemoR Art Car’s styling kit is actually for sale. Hold on to your seats, though, because the kit has a sticker tag of €95,000, which is over $123,000 based on current exchange rates. And that doesn’t even come with any performance improvements!

Then again, if your MP4-12C looks like this, you won’t have trouble catching a ton of attention.

It may be a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but it looks like some people are already preparing for the holiday anyway. Case in point,McLaren , which just announced that this special edition MP4-12C Spider will be featured in the famous Neiman Marcus 2012 Christmas Book.

This special McLaren MP4-12C Spider is painted in a Volcano Red to keep that Christmas spirit alive. It will be offered with limited-edition features, such as a McLaren luggage set. The buyers will also receive a business-class trip to England for a VIP dinner with McLaren Chairman Ron Dennis and a tour of the McLaren Technology Center.

As far as power, the special edition will be provided with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 616 HP at 7500 rpm and 442 lbs-ft of torque between 3000-7000 rpm. Top speed will still come in at 204 mph.

The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book features models not currently offered on the US market, but when the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder does go on sale in December, it will be priced at $268,250. This is considerably less than the $354,000 price tag associated with the model featured by Neiman Marcus. However, Neiman Marcus announced that, for each sale, they will donate $3,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters. That’s a total of $36,000 when you consider that McLaren will be building 12 units. If anyone is interested, they can place their order on October 24th, 2012.

Updated 10/26/2012: On October 24th, Neiman Marcus started to accept orders for the special edition McLaren MP4-12C Spider. But if you wanted to buy one you won’t have the chance anymore, as all 12 units have been sold in just two hours, despite the car’s relatively high price.

With the debut of the McLaren P1 at the Paris Motor Show , there’s a good chance that the MP4-12C could fade into the shadows. One German tuning company, though, is determined to keep the spirit of the MP4-12C alive with a couple of performance programs that’ll make you forget the P1 even exists.

That’s a little hard to do, but still, Evolution Motorsport has built a really sick 2-stage program that bumps the MP4-12C’s output all the way up to 724 horsepower. Considering that the MP4-12C carries a 3.8-liter V8 engine that hits 592 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque, that upgrade makes for a whale of difference.

The Stage 1 kit involves a simple ECU remapping, boosting the McLaren supercar’s output to an impressive 659 HP and 501 lb-ft of torque, but that’s just the start. The Stage 2 kit also comes with the aforementioned ECU upgrade that increases boost pressure by 0.27-0.30 bar (3.96-4.41 PSI) , but also features a new stainless steel high-flow catalyst to go with a new exhaust x-pipe. The result?

Yep. 724 HP and 552 lb-ft of torque.

For the opportunity to have the Stage 1 kit installed, customers will need to spend $5,295 with the Stage 2 kit costing twice as much at $11,995.

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.

Source: CarBuzz

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.

Source: FTV Girls

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.

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