McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C

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McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren has been facing some massive changes in the past few years with the MP4-12C re-energizing the British automaker after in excess of a decade with no new cars rolling into showrooms. Furthermore, McLaren has been furiously expanding its dealership network across the globe during this time, with one dealership even recently opening in Australia.

However, it’s the U.S. which seems to be the most profitable market for McLaren with MotorTrend reporting that 40 percent of the 1000 MP4-12C’s currently ordered are heading to America and for those who don’t find mathematics their forte, that equates to 400 units. So it goes without saying that the MP4-12C is extremely appealing across the U.S.

On one hand this is a huge shock, as the U.S. is already up there as one of Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s biggest markets, but on the other hand it shows that McLaren’s efforts to open up a network of dealers in the U.S. has paid off.

It’s currently unclear if any private U.S. customers have had their MP4-12C’s delivered, after McLaren ‘recalled’ them due to various complaints from road-testers. Either way, McLaren sales in the U.S. are sighted to rise even higher in the coming years with the F1 successor currently being developed, while various variants of the MP4-12C will also be produced, possibly even an MP4-12C Shooting Brake .

Source: Motor Trend

It seems as if the new Ferrari FF will soon have a serious competitor from McLaren . The British company has tried to keep their future models as much of a secret as possible, but now AutoExpress has obtained the first details on a future shooting brake model set to arrive in 2014.

The new model will be based on the platform of the new MP4-12C supercar and will be similar in concept to the Ferrari FF . However, the British magazine reports that the Mclaren model will be significantly cheaper. While the FF is priced at about £230,000 ($366,000 at the current exchange rates) on the British market, the new McLaren model will be priced from about £150,000 (about $240,000).

The new McLaren Shooting Brake (not its actual name, at least as far as we know) will be a two-seater model, but with more boot space than the MP4-12C. Under the hood, expect to see the same 592 HP 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine as the sports car, meaning the future model will deliver impressive performance numbers.

Check out our rendering of what we’re calling the McLaren MP4-12C Shooting Brake and let us know what you think!

Source: AutoExpress

Just hours ago, we reported the somber news that the Porsche 911’s designer passed away , but this time we have some good news to pass along. This news continues to add to the legend that is F.A. Porsche, as his creation has been announced the 2012 World Performance Car.

The 911 S Coupe made it through a three-stage voting process, beating out some of the best vehicles in the world. In the final stage, the 911 faced off against two greats, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 and the McLaren MP4-12C .

The WPC judges specifically pointed out that the 911 combines pleasant driving, raw performance, and even fuel efficiency. Let’s crunch the numbers here. The 911 S Coupe pushes out 385 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque from a 3.8-liter flat-6, while getting 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The Lamborghini has a 700-horsepower, 509 foot-pound producing V-12 engine that squeaks out 11 mpg city and 17 mpg highway. The McLaren gets 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway – close to the Porsche – and pumps 592 horsepower along with 443 pound-feet from its 3.8-liter V-8.

There are two other factors that would make us put the Porsche on top of the Lamborghini and McLaren. One is the fact that the Aventador is notoriously impossible to drive on even a freshly paved highway – yeah, it’s a little rough. The McLaren, on the other hand, has received some complaints that it tends to over-correct itself via its traction control system.

Add in the fact that the Porsche 911 S Coupe is only one-third of the Aventador’s price and just about half the price of McLaren, you have one impressive hunk of machinery there.

Hit the jump for the official press release.

A number of 25 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 will be racing during the 2012 season, two of them coming from Gemballa Racing : one for VLN and one for ADAC GT Masters. However, Gemballa’s debut wasn’t as impressive as the company might have expected, because their car signed up for the VLN series during this past week-end had a tragic end.

While the causes of the crash are still unknown a video taken after the crash reveal that the car is in a very bad situation. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but for sure we won’t see it racing any time soon.

For those of you who have forgotten, the GT3 features the same 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 as the standard model, a carbon fiber safety cell, a racing front-splitter, a large fixed rear wing and a rear diffuser that offers it better stability at high speeds.

One of our favorite parts of any auto show is seeing what the aftermarket industry has done to some of the finest vehicles in the world. At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show , we were completely floored by all the programs being displayed.

Whether it was the Lamborghini Aventador , the McLaren MP4-12C , or even a model like the BMW 3-Series, the tuning world was definitely well-represented in Geneva.

The list below highlights some of the most impressive programs we saw. Some came from some of the best tuners in the world and some came from some surprising tuners. Nevertheless, it all amounted to some pretty impressive sights. You can check out the list of vehicles that were given tuning programs and let us know which of these works you consider your favorites.

Check out the list of tuner cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.

German tuner Gemballa is returning to the auto show scene with a specially designed McLaren MP4-12C . Called the Gemballa GT, this British super car is different from the Gemballa GT3 that they previewed late last year and also the first non-Porsche model to be badged with the ’GT’ monicker. It was given a noticeable aesthetic upheaval that Gemballa CEO Andreas Schwarz says will improve on the MP4-12C’s otherwise "generic look" and "imbue some of the missing emotion" that the supercar should have possessed in the first place.

"Our starting point is an aerodynamic styling kit and ultra-light forged alloy wheels, and we are developing an engine upgrade programme as well," Schwarz said.

For now, the Gemballa GT possesses a new aero kit that consists of a new front bumper and spoiler, new side skirts, a new rear apron, and a small rear wing, all of which are proudly German made and were built with the purpose of improving the MP4-12C’s high-speed stability. They are fitted to the factory mounting points so the original bodywork is not compromised.

Rounding out the exterior changes are a new set of 20" forged alloy wheels at the front and 21" sets at the rear, both of which were designed to fill the arches and give the supercar a more muscular stance, while further increasing mechanical grip.

According to Gemballa, the performance modifications done on the MP4-12C are still under development, but rest assured, it’s going to be something akin to what we expect these guys are capable of.

The McLaren MP4-12C has become a tuning favorite at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show . Now it appears that FAB Design is joining in on the MP4-12C love.

The Swiss tuner has prepared their very first program for the McLaren supercar and to their credit, it’s mighty impressive. Called the MP4-12C Terso, the supercar comes with plenty of new digs, particularly on the aerodynamic and performance ends.

FAB Design’s MP4-12C aero kit is made up of a new front skirt with larger air intakes, new side skirts, redesigned side air intakes, a new rear bumper and diffuser, and a new rear spoiler that goes over the top of the stock spoiler McLaren fitted into the MP4-12C. Rounding out the exterior enhancements are a new set of 20" FAB-Design Evolution three-part forged wheels wrapped in Dunlop SP SportMaxx tires. Interior modifications are entirely up to the customer’s preference to which they can choose from a variety of high-end materials, including leather, Alcantara, carbon, or aluminum.

Under the hood of the MP4-12C lies an impressive performance upgrade. Thanks to a new in-house stainless steel sports exhaust and a three-chamber carbon tail pipe, FAB Design was able to boost the MP4-12C’s output from 592 horsepower and 443 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 680 horsepower and 527 lb/ft of torque. These output improvements allow the MP4-12C Terso to hit 0-62 mph in just 3 seconds to go with a new top speed of 213 mph.

Out of all the tuning packages that have graced the Geneva Auto Show’s floor, the packages for the McLaren MP4-12C seem to be the ones that are stealing the spotlight in Geneva. One of the more impressive packages is being offered by Mansory , but the "memoR" package from Hamann looks even better than that.

While the new MP4-12C has been criticized very often of having a design that is "too arbitrary and too little on its own," Hamann decided to get the car back to its F1 roots. For this, the front air intakes, the cross section of the hood, the rear side panel, and the sill area were all redesigned. Then, the company added a large front splitter, upper and side wheel arch forced vents, door sills, and an extended rear diffuser. A large rear wing ensures the necessary aerodynamic balance, while the rear end gets a triple exhaust system for a more menacing sound from the vehicle’s 3.8-liter V8 engine.

Speaking of the sports car’s engine, it received absolutely zero updates, leaving it with its standard 592 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm and 443 lb/ft of torque between 3,000 to 6,500 rpm. This is, of course, the area where we would prefer the tuning kit by Mansory which bumped up the engine’s output significantly.

UPDATE 05/24/12: Hamann has released a new set of photos for the McLaren MP4-12C memoR, which you can check out in the gallery!

McLaren showed up to the Pebble beach Concours d’Elégance in July 2011 with the announcement of its McLaren Special Operation Program - a program that would offer their customers the chance to customize their MP4-12C in any way they desire. The first model to receive the special treatment was an MP4-12C in a Volcano Orange exterior finish and now we have the second model to don the changes. The second MP4-12C to receive these modifications is called the High Sport and features exterior and interior updates, as well as an extra 75 HP.

Clearly, the exterior benefited from the exquisite orange paint finish, but it also received a new rear bumper with rear vents inspired from the MP4-12C GT3 race car, an extended diffuser, and a modified active rear wing. The MP4-12C also received a redesigned front nose in order to maximize downforce. The extra 75 HP was achieved by increasing the airflow to the turbo intercoolers.

The McLaren MP4-12C High Sport is limited to only 5 units and is now available in Miami dealerships. McLaren hasn’t announced pricing for these special edition units, but expect to pay an extra 50%, at least, over the car’s standard price of about $230,000.

UPDATE 08/30/12: Another YouTube video of the McLaren MP4-12C has surfaced, only this time, the recorder - YouTube user DTRockstar1 - managed to give us a comprehensive walk-around of the ultra-limited British supercar. Check it out after the jump!

UPDATE 03/05/2012: McLaren has released the official photos of the uber limited MP4-12C. Only five models of this special edition McLaren supercar have been made so if you had any dreams of owning one, you’re going to be left out because all five have already been spoken for. Photos come courtesy of McLaren Special Operations’ official photographer, Tomirri Photography.

Hit the jump to watch a video of the McLaren MP4-12C High Sport.

Source: mclarenlife

A Geneva Motor Show isn’t at all complete without the participation of one of the best tuners in the world, one that also calls Switzerland its home.

Days before the opening of one of the biggest auto shows in the world, we finally get an idea what Mansory has up its sleeve. One of their Geneva presentations is a new program for the McLaren MP4-12C , which comes complete with a full aero kit and a significant performance upgrade.

Diving into the body package, the British supercar received a host of new components, all of which were designed to deliver improved aerodynamics. The ultralight bonnet with exposed carbon fiber sections and the proprietary daytime driving lights are a good place to start. The program also comes with a new front and rear apron, new mirror housings, newly designed side sills, a new rear wing profile, and a new diffuser. All the components of this aero kit are made of carbon fiber, providing improved acceleration and braking power, while also improving the supercar’s fuel consumption due to the drastic weight savings.

As for the interior, Mansory knows only to use the finest materials in their programs and it’s no exception on the MP4-12C, thanks to plenty of high-quality leather stitched with contrasting thread by the in-house saddlery. In addition, there are also plenty of carbon fiber elements, as well as a newly designed airbag sports steering wheel and aluminum pedals.

The last part of the program involves the MP4-12C’s 3.8-liter V8 engine. Thanks to a new high-performance exhaust system, a new engine-management system, and a sports air filter with increased air through flow, Mansory was able to increase the MP4-12C’s output from the stock 592 horsepower @ 7,000rpm and 443 lb/ft of torque between 3,000 to 6,500rpm all the way up to 661 horsepower and 498 lb/ft of torque, culminating in a new top speed of 220 mph.

Updated 03/06/2012: We have added a new set of images from the car’s official debut in Geneva. Check the picture gallery to see all the images.


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