McLaren Officially Discontinues the MP4-12C
About two weeks ago. we reported about McLaren’s decision to pause 12C production to focus on the brand new 650S. Well, it appears that the temporary halt has just become permanent, with the British company revealing that the three-year-old 12C will no longer be built.
The move comes at no surprise, as the newly-launched 650S has proven to be quite popular with customers. Although it’s more expensive than the 12C, the new supercar will keep McLaren busy with an order bank that spans over at least six months.
Although it has stopped producing and taking orders for the MP4-12C, McLaren will continue to work on improvements for the said model. Starting June, 12C drivers will benefit from a free Technology Upgrade that includes a software update and an improved IRIS system.
First up is a new Active Aero software which will enable the car’s Airbrake to detect different driving scenarios and thus improve stability. The second upgrade included in the package is a Drag Reduction System (DRS) mode. Created to enhance high-speed aerodynamics, the DRS mode lowers the rear wing when the 12C is driven at full throttle in a straight line.
Lastly, an improved Android-based IRIS infotainment system will also come with the Technology Upgrade.
In addition, McLaren promises that the reversing camera and the DAB radio introduced on the 650S will be offered to 12C owners at "a special price."
Click past the jump to read more about McLaren MP4-12C.
Unveiled in 2011, the McLaren MP4-12C was built on an F1-style chassis and had a 3.8-liter, V-8 engine mounted under it rear hood. The model debuted with 592 horsepower, but output was later enhanced to 616 ponies. In its updated form, the 12C was able to sprint for 0 to 60 mph in only 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 207 mph.
Throughout its short career, the MP4-12C received several special edition models, such as the 50 Limited Edition, which was launched to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary, the track-only 12C GT Sprint or the GT Can-Am Edition. Additionally, a GT3 version was developed for racing purposes.