After unveiling the P1 Concept at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, McLaren presented the production version at a private event in New York City. According to McLaren, the model that was shown in New York is "97% of the car that you will be able to order."
The only thing that we will be added are some "vents to the bumper to get some of the warm air from the radiator coming out from the side," McLaren added.
Likewise, the mesh grille will also be replaced by a tighter version while the front bumper and rear grille will also be slightly updated.
McLaren said nothing about the car’s powertrain, but it has been rumored that we will see a 5.0-liter V8 engine that will produce an output of about 800 horsepower mated to a Graziano seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, from 0 to 100 mph in 5.5 seconds, and 0-200 mph in just 20 seconds. However, such impressive performance numbers won’t come cheap: it is believed the P1 will be priced at about $1 million.
If you’re an athlete or a celebrity, it’s a given that you get the perks that ordinary people don’t have access to. In some cases, those perks extend to the auto industry, as cyclist Mark Cavendish will attest to.
Considered as the most successful sprinter in the history of the Tour de France, Cavendish certainly knows about going from Point A to Point B in a hurry. As such, British supercar maker McLaren bestowed the kind of unique honor to the British cyclist that we normal folks can only dream about.
They named a brand new color for the MP4-12C after him.
As part of McLaren Special Operations, the new color is called "Cavendish Green,” a color inspired by the jersey worn by the points leader on each stage of the Tour de France — one that Cavendish has worn on numerous occasions. The satin green finish that is "Cavendish Green" was wrapped on a special one-off MP4-12C by MSO, McLaren’s very own bespoke supercar customization program.
To create a truly unique look for the MP4-12C, the supercar’s body was also finished with a subtle metallic green flake, creating a striking look on the British supercar that definitely speaks to its uniqueness.
“To celebrate Mark’s green jersey accolade, ‘Jersey Green spheres’ were added to the satin finish," explained Paul Mackenzie, Head of McLaren Special Operations. "These only become visible in direct sunlight to give a very subtle touch, inspired by Mark’s fantastic win.”
It’s one thing to have a brand like McLaren create a color in honor of you, but it’s another thing to have them name it for you.
Are you supercar enthusiasts ready to get excited? We sure are. What we have here is a set of spy shots of the Mclaren F1 successor — A.K.A the Mclaren P1. The prototype has dropped the heavy camouflage so it is easier to spot some of the upcoming design elements.
From the spy shots, the design of the mule is nearly the same as the radical design the concept featured in Paris. This means we can expect the head-turning design of the concept to be carried into the production model.
The power output of the P1 is still in rumorland, but some sources speculate that a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, developed in partnership with Ricardo, will power the P1. Other sources state that the 3.8-liter V-8 combined with a KERS system will be the powertrain of choice. With that wide of a gap beween the rumors, we’ll take them both with a grain of salt.
Just like the Mclaren P1, its scorn rivals — the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari F70 – are in their development phase. The 918 is just about finished up, but the F70 still seems to be a long ways away. WE already know that the 918 Spyder will approach the $1 million mark and we expect much of the same from the P1 and the F70. That price tag is not surprising for a car that is manufactured using carbon fiber, slated to be the F1 successor and expected to topple the best of the automotive world.
After months and months of spy shots, and a very special teaser, McLaren Automotive has finally unveiled the MP4-12C Spider and boy, was it worth the wait!
Featuring all of the updates recently found on the updated MP4-12C coupe, the Spider promises to take the fight to the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder and help reinvigorate life into the high-performance sports car market.
As you would expect, the MP4-12C Spider is essentially identical to its coupe sibling, meaning it’s also made good use out of the advanced carbon fiber monocoque, tipping the scales at just 165 lbs. Despite the added weight of the electronic systems required to open and close the hardtop, the Spider has only gained 40kg/88 lbs over the coupe, meaning no modifications to the monocoque were needed.
The new MP4-12C Spider is offered with the same engine as the updated version of the MP4-12C Coupe: 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 (3 mph less than the coupe).
One of the most innovative features of the new 12C Spider is its unique RHT (Retractable Hard Top) folding roof system that may be operated while on the move at speed of up to 19 mph.
Confirmed back in 2009, the new MP4-12C Spyder will be available for sale in 22 countries worldwide. On the British market, it is priced at £195,500, about $300K at the current exchange rates. On the US market, it will be priced at $268,250, which is about $37,250 more than its coupe sibling priced at $231,000
UPDATE 11/22/12: Recently McLaren invited the world’s top auto journalists to Ascari Race Resort in Spain to introduce them to the new McLaren 12CSpider. Of course they had all the fun in the world, and today McLaren has unveiled a pretty cool video shot during the press test days! Enjoy!
UPDATE 12/31/12: The McLaren MP4-12C Spyder officially made its debut in Hong Kong earlier this month. True to its reputation, the British supercar maker decided to introduce their MP4-12C Spyder to the Hong Kong faithful in style. Hop on over after the jump to watch the video!
Hit the jump for more details on the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spyder.
Remember the Mclaren MP4-12C Can-Am that was premiered at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance? If not, here’s what it is: Engineers and designers at Mclaren had indulged in some experimenting on how to make the MP4-12C an even more exciting track car whilst not being too scary to drive. That experiment turned out to be the orange car you see above. It was given the name Can-Am to pay tribute to Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme who successfully raced a series of McLaren models in the Can-Am series. It was a one-off design study that Mclaren wanted to show the people at the Concours d’Elegance so that it could get the public approval of producing it. Apparently, McLaren got public approval…
After being successful at stirring the public into approval, Mclaren announced the production of the special edition MP4-12C at a private event held before the 2012 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. For those who want to get their hands on one of these beauties, it’s going to be a bit of a challenge. McLaren’s racing department, Mclaren GT, has clearly stated that it’s going to build only 30 examples of the car, with options for bespoke additions.
Priced at roughly $600,000, it’s significantly pricier than the standard car. Being a special edition that not only pays tribute to one of Mclaren’s milestones but also an opportunity for 30 normal people to experience true racing in cars that were designed for them, it’s a fun toy, provided you have more than half million dollars lying somewhere.
We all know that the McLaren F1 is one of the rarest (only 64 road-going models built) and fastest cars to date and they regularly – as regularly as an F1 can be sold – go for well over $3 million. Well, over in Britain, car buyers are obviously a little more free with their money, as a buyer not only crushed the average buying price, but also beat the standing record for highest buying price on a McLaren F1 set at £2,530,000 ($4.27 million at October 2008’s average conversion rate) in 2008 by RM Auctions.
Tony Hartley Jr. is one of the few 29-year-old men on the planet lucky enough to not only have driven an F1, but also lucky enough to own one. Actually, we should say he was lucky enough to own one, as he recently sold it across the pond for an incredible £3.5 million ($5.59 million at current exchange rates). That’s one heck of a price to pay for a 15- to 20-year-old car with likely less than 1,000 miles on the ticker and cobwebs in its cylinders.
Then again, when you figure it featured a 627-horsepower, V-12 engine that made mincemeat out of Ferraris and Lamborghinis all day, and screamed to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, it is actually a pretty decent investment. Believe it or not, the F1 still does hold one impressive world record and that is being the world’s fastest naturally aspirated car.
Regardless of records and rarity, that’s one expensive ride…
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.