McLaren continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with the unveiling of a limited edition based on both the 12C and 12C Spider . Each model will be limited to just 50 units and will be sold globally. On the British market the 12C 50 is priced at £196,000 (around $296,000 at the current exchange rates) and the 12C Spider 50 at £215,500 ($325,000).
The two models were designed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the division of McLaren responsible for the delivery of bespoke projects. The new McLaren 50 Edition models will be distinguished by an optimized front bumper from MSO and numerous elements made in carbon fiber.
For the interior, the model adds full leather upgrade and a series of carbon-fiber elements. The models can be ordered only in Carbon Black, Supernova Silver or McLaren Orange and will feature numerous "McLaren 50" logos.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C and 12C Spider 50 Limited Editions.
The new McLaren 50 Edition receives a front bumper inspired by the limited-run HS Edition with the lower part made in carbon fiber and the front floor made in race-derived carbon Kevlar. On the hood, there is also a black McLaren F1-inspired heritage badge, which was previously only available to MSO clients.
Customers can choose between three exterior colors: Carbon Black, Supernova Silver or McLaren Orange. These stunning colors are combined with carbon-fiber turning vanes with “McLaren 50” logos for a further visual appeal.
For the interior, MSO prepared a full leather upgrade and carbon-fiber insertions on the sill panel and floor mats. There is also an anniversary dedication plate on the driver’s door, which highlights the limited run.
No changes were announced under the hood, so the two special editions will keep the usual 3.8-liter V-8 twin-turbo engine mated to a seven-speed SSG dual-clutch transmission. This system delivers a total of 616 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. Top speed is set at 204 mph.
Suspension and Brakes
The new 12C 50 Edition models will be offered with a standard set of bespoke McLaren 50 Ultra Lightweight wheels finished in Satin Black. These exclusive wheels are sized 19 inches up front and 20 inches on the rear. The new wheels are combined with a carbon-ceramic brake upgrade that features 394-by-36 mm (15.51-by-1.41-inch) discs up the front and 380-by-34 mm (14.96-by-1.33-inch) discs on the rear.
On the British market, the 12C 50 will come in at £196,000 (about $296,000 at the current exchange rates) and the 12C Spider 50 will go for £215,500 ($325,000). Prices for other markets have not been released yet.
Packaged with the car, is a monogrammed black and silver car cover, a limited-edition key, a carbon-fiber presentation key box and a specially commissioned print signed by McLaren Automotive Design Director, Frank Stephenson.
The biggest competition for the McLaren 12C is, of course, the Ferrari 458 Italia, which is offered in both coupe and spider versions. The Ferrari uses a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 570 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 400 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. This is a little less than in the 12C, but when it comes to performance, they are pretty much identical: the 458 Italia can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph.
Gallery Ferrari 458 Italia Spider
A model with an output closer to the 12C is the SLS AMG GT. This Benz is powered by a 6.3-liter V-8 engine that pumps out an amazing 591 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 479 pound-feet of torque at 4,750 rpm. The SLS AMG GT can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 198 mph.
Gallery Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT
The new McLaren 50 Edition is just another way of celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary, which takes place on September 2, 2013. We were just hoping there will be more of these special editions available.
- Looks cool
- New features
- Just of each built
- No engine upgrades
As part of the continued celebrations for the 50th anniversary of McLaren, a commemorative model is to be produced, celebrating five decades of race-winning technology and expertise of the British brand. Production of the McLaren 50 12C will be strictly limited to a maximum of 100 globally, split between just 50 examples of the 12C and 50 of the 12C Spider.
The McLaren 50 12C and McLaren 50 12C Spider feature a number of bespoke styling and specification enhancements to mark the milestone event, which will be celebrated on 2 September. These have been produced by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the division of McLaren Automotive responsible for the delivery of bespoke projects, in conjunction with the McLaren Automotive design team led by Design Director, Frank Stephenson.
Revisions include a remodelled, CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics)-optimised front bumper from MSO, which provides increased levels of front downforce, and is inspired by the limited-run HS Edition models, to create a more dynamic visual impact. The lower section of the colour-coded bumper, framing the air intakes, is constructed from carbon fibre, while the front floor is made from race-derived carbon Kevlar. Above the bumper, a black McLaren F1-inspired heritage badge, previously only available to MSO clients, is also fitted on the bonnet.
As standard, the McLaren 50 12C and 12C Spider models are fitted with the carbon ceramic brake upgrade, with 394x36mm discs at the front, and 380x34mm at the rear. Offering enhanced stopping power, these sit behind bespoke McLaren 50 Ultra Lightweight wheels finished in Satin Black. This unique design, 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear, offers a combined 2kg saving over the optional Super Lightweight wheels.
Inside the cabin, the McLaren 50 12C models are upholstered with a full leather upgrade, while subtle branding to the carbon fibre sill panel and floor mats is complimented by an anniversary dedication plate on the driver’s door which highlights the limited run.
Available in one of three striking colour finishes – Carbon Black, Supernova Silver or heritage McLaren Orange – exterior aesthetic enhancements for the McLaren 50 12C continue with carbon fibre turning vanes offering further visual appeal, and featuring the McLaren 50 logo.
Each of the McLaren 50 models will be presented with a monogrammed black and silver car cover, limited edition key, carbon fibre presentation key box and a specially commissioned print signed by McLaren Automotive Design Director, Frank Stephenson.
The recommended retail price in the UK for the McLaren 50 12C is £196,000, and £215,500 for the McLaren 50 12C Spider.