McLaren recently trooped to Hong Kong to introduce its P1 supercar to arguably one of the most exotic-friendly markets in the world. But in the course of telling the gathered crowd that the P1 would cost HKD$8.9 million (excluding First Registration Tax) - that’s about $1.14 million based on current exchange rates, by the way - the British automaker also brought a special one-off MP4-12C that came straight out of its McLaren Special Operations program.
Similar to past one-off creations out of the customization program, this 12C B&W Edition, was treated to a bevy of modifications, highlighted by a two-tone exterior with a unique white color and gloss black accents. The latter, in fact, was used on the roof, the front splitter, the mirror casings and the wheels.
Additionally, the 12C B&W Edition also had its gloss white paint on both the air vents and the instrument cluster bezel, providing a consistency of color and shade that belies its appearance as a true one-off supercar.
And in case there are any questions regarding how much the 12C B&W Edition is going to cost, McLaren has officially priced it at a tidy HKD$4.68 million, which is just a shade above $600,000 based on current exchange rates.
There’s something to be said for a supercar, even a one-off make like this, to carry such a price tag. But given the exotic climate in a place like Hong Kong, we doubt this piece of handiwork from the McLaren Special Operations program would sit long in the McLaren dealership.
Click past the jump to read about the McLaren MP4-12C
First introduced in 2010, the McLaren MP4-12C has become one of the most popular supercars in the world. With the heritage of the iconic F1 in its blood, the MP4-12C is a serious exotic monster, complete with a 3.8-liter V-8 engine that produces 616 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. All that power translates to performance figures that includes a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 207 mph.
The popularity of the MP4-12C is largely credited for McLaren to decide on giving birth to its Special Operations program and in the time that it’s been around, it’s not a coincidence that most McLarens that go through the bespoke personalization program is the 12C.
The latest example of that, of course, is the just-launched 12C B&W Edition in Hong Kong
Gallery McLaren MP4-12C
HONG KONG – McLaren Hong Kong is delighted to unveil the McLaren P1™ first time in Hong Kong at an exclusive, closed-room preview. This is the latest model of McLaren after launching the groundbreaking 12C and 12C Spider in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
McLaren P1™ features a lightweight (1,395kg) MonoCage carbon fibre chassis with a powerful twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, coupled to a single electric motor. It delivers a combined power output of 903bhp (916PS) and torque of 900Nm with a top speed at 350kh/m. Benefits from the unique Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) and Drag Reduction System (DRS), an instant boost of power and straight-line speed are easily generated.
Design Director of McLaren Automotive, Frank Stephenson said at the Hong Kong preview, “The astonishing new McLaren P1™ is designed to be the world best driver’s car on the road and track.
Inspired by the iconic F1 and champion Formula 1, McLaren P1™ features stunning and dynamic designs, innovative aerodynamics, great packaging and ultra lightweight body.”
“Thanks to the McLaren’s carbon fibre technology, it helps to reduce all unnecessary weight of the car and create a perfect shape and structure of the McLaren P1™. In result, the McLaren P1™ is beautifully presented in front of all audiences today.” added Stephenson.
To celebrate the arrival of McLaren P1™, a popular 12C Spider in a new exterior paint of Volcano Yellow and a bespoke 12C B&W Edition were showcased at the preview. Bespoke 12C B&W Edition features a series of unique body colour and interior combinations tailor-made by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). “This is a bespoke 12C ordered through the MSO department especially for Hong Kong market. I am happy to hear many positive feedbacks from this special edition and this encourages our future developments on a wider range of bespoke options.” said Marcus Korbach, Brand Manager of McLaren P1™ and Head of Sales of McLaren Special Operations.
During the ceremony, McLaren Hong Kong gave a very warm welcome to the new Regional Director of McLaren Automotive Asia Pacific, Mirko Bordiga who has recently joined the McLaren family and attended his first event in Hong Kong. “This is my greatest pleasure of unveiling the McLaren P1™ with our special guests from Woking and the managements of McLaren Hong Kong today. I’m very proud to be one of the McLaren members and am glad to visit Hong Kong as where is one of the best markets in the region. This is excited to know the market is growing sustainably and we expect our retailer will continue its success to bring McLaren into the next chapter. ” said Mirko Bordiga.
Peter Goh, Managing Director of Sime Darby Hong Kong Motor Group gladly said, “This is a remarkable day of McLaren Hong Kong as we are honoured to present the McLaren P1™ to the local media and customers. As we all know, McLaren P1™ is a very unique model in super luxury motor segment which represents the outstanding achievements of McLaren in terms of design, innovations and advanced technology. Today, we are delighted to showcase the McLaren P1™ in this special occasion; it is further convinced that Hong Kong is a significant market to the brand in Asia Pacific.”
Max Cheng, General Manager of McLaren Hong Kong added, ‘’Since the preview of McLaren P1™ prototype at 2012 Paris Motor Show, we have received overwhelming responses from the market.
We are thrilled to announce that our received pre-orders are already exceeded the factory’s initial allocations. This is an exciting news to us as it implies that Hong Kong is a high potential market for luxury super sports car. We are looking much forward to deliver the first McLaren P1™ in Hong Kong.”
With a worldwide production limit of 375 units and all in left-hand drive models, McLaren P1™ is priced at HKD8.9 million (exclude local First Registration Tax) and first delivery is expected in late 2013.