2011 - 2013 McLaren MP4-12C

  • McLaren MP4-12C
  • Year:
    2011- 2013
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    7 Speed SSG with Pre-Cog
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    616 @ 7500
  • MPG(Hwy):
    20
  • Torque @ RPM:
    443 @ 3000
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.1 sec.
  • Quarter Mile time:
    10.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    207 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    8.8 sec.
  • Price:
    229000
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Any fan of supercars remembers the mighty F1 from McLaren. With its BMW sourced V12, center seat driving position and gold lined engine cover the car was truly exotic. It held many records and for longer than most other machines are able to. It shot the company right to the top of the automotive stratosphere and helped them grow into a healthy and sustainable racing company. Several years ago McLaren spent a reported 300 billion pounds to design and build the McLaren Technology Center meant to encompass all aspects of the company. That was finished back in 2003, so what have they been up to in Woking, England for the past 7 years? Quite simply they have been designing the next and possibly most formidable challenger to the Ferrari 458 Italia.

Engineers and designers at McLaren are currently developing several new and highly innovative sports cars to bring to the global market. The MP 4-12C is now in production signaling the beginning of the rebirth of a company that has not had a distinct production vehicle for over a decade. Its stunning performance and efficiency have caught the eyes of the automotive press since McLaren first began testing mules at their facility and now we get to see it in final form.

UPDATE 06/07/2012: McLaren has officially confirmed that, for the 2013 model year, the MP4-12C will come with an additional 25 HP, an Innovative Intake Sound Generator (ISG), and more color and leather finish options. Also, existing 12C owners will be offered complimentary upgrades to the latest specifications. Check out the full 2013 additions after the jump!

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 McLaren MP 4-12C.

 

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Car Throttle Drives Triple Turbo McLaren, Expletives Are Uttered

Car Throttle Drives Triple Turbo McLaren, Expletives Are Uttered

With as much as 1,200 horsepower on tap, odds are you’d be swearing too

What do you get when you hand a supercar and lots of money over to a competent tuner? The answer should be obvious – pure, unadulterated automotive excess. Indeed, that’s exactly what our friends over at Car Throttle encountered after getting behind the wheel of this McLaren from HyperCar Development. Based out of Southern California, HyperCar Development specializes in turning your everyday McLaren supercar into some kind of mad, otherworldly mega machine, as evidenced by the triple-boosted 12C featured in the above 6-minute video.

In case you were wondering, “triple-boosted” is a reference to the third turbocharger HyperCar Development added to the stock twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8. The trio of snails combine to produce as much as 1,200 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque, good enough for a 2.4-second run to 60 mph, 3.5 seconds to 100 mph, and a quarter mile time in the low 8’s. Top speed is electronically limited to 270 mph. Pricing for the package is set at $129,900, but if you’re still craving more power, the tuner says it has a 1,500-horsepower package coming soon, with the goal being a whopping 300 mph at the top end. Because of course. You can check out HyperCar Development’s website here, but in the meantime, check out the vid to see the triple-boosted 12C out in the canyons of Los Angeles.

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AMS Performance McLaren 12C Runs Quarter Mile in 10 Seconds: Video

AMS Performance McLaren 12C Runs Quarter Mile in 10 Seconds: Video

AMS is known for making big power and low ETs with cars that are already pretty darn quick from the factory. The Alpha Omega GT-R comes to mind, which recently ran a standing quarter mile in 7.7 seconds at 186 mph.

Never content to leave good enough alone, the Chicago-based tuning shop has now had its way with the engine software on the McLaren 12C, bestowing the English supercar with an extra 100 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. When paired with a set of Nitto drag radials and 93-octane fuel it makes for a 10.1-second quarter-mile at 138 mph, numbers that AMS claims make it both the fastest and quickest 12C in the world.

However, all that extra power doesn’t come cheap, as AMS is asking for $6,000 for a single remap service. But considering how the McLaren cost just under a quarter-million bucks when new, a couple grand shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Overall, it’s quite impressive to think those kinds of gains are accomplished with such simple modifications. Odds are we’ll be seeing new upgrades for the 12C from the AMS crew very soon. Only a few tenths separate the current tune from a single-digit quarter-mile, which means the world’s first nine-second 12C is probably just a few well-engineered engine mods away.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C.

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Video: McLaren P1s Spotted In Newport Beach, Shmee150 Once Again On The Scene

Video: McLaren P1s Spotted In Newport Beach, Shmee150 Once Again On The Scene

If I made a dollar every time Shmee150 finds himself in the company of supercars, I’d probably be rich enough to buy my very own Koenigsegg One:1. The man’s access to these high-priced exotics is unparalleled, almost borderline envious for every supercar-loving nut who watches all his videos.

Recently, Shmee once again found himself mingling with the most exclusive of the exclusives during a recent “lunch run” with his supercar-riding buddies. On an unrelated note, I had a tuna sandwich for lunch today...

Anyway, the list of exotics in the video reads like my own personal wishlist. There was a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, a Mercedes SLR McLaren, and a pair of Alaska Diamond White McLaren P1s belonging to real estate developer Manny Khoshbin and Dr. McLaren P1, Timothy McDaniel. Yup. Looks definitely like my wish list.

All together, the four supercars traveled from the Lamborghini dealership in Newport Beach to grab some lunch at the Resort at Pelican Hill, presumably at any one of the fancy restaurants inside the resort. But that’s not important. What’s important to me is seeing those glistening McLaren P1s lined up side-by-side, joined in perfect synchronicity by a McLaren 650S and McLaren 12C.

Like always, Shmee was there to document the whole supercar bonanza, getting up close and personal with the Murcielago, the SLR, and the entire McLaren lineup like only he can.

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Video: McLaren 12C GT3 Sets Lap Record at the Nurburgring 24 Hours

Video: McLaren 12C GT3 Sets Lap Record at the Nurburgring 24 Hours

McLaren may have built a 650S-based replacement for the 12C GT3 race car, but the latter is far from being obsolete. Sure, the British sports car won’t bring any trophies home at the of the 2014 Blancpain series, but the 12C will remain as the fastest race car around the Nurburgring 24 Hours track. Specifically, Doerr Motorsport’s 12C GT3 set a record lap time of 8:10.921 minutes while qualifying for the 2014 24 Hours of Nurburgring, smashing the previous benchmark by more than six seconds. That’s quite an achievement for a race car that’s living its final months on the track.

The astonishing record was achieved by McLaren GT factory driver Kevin Estre, who also placed his race car in pole position. The Frenchman was 2.5 seconds quicker than his nearest rival, a performance difficult to obtain even on a long course such as the "Green Hell". Unfortunately, none of Doerr Motorsport’s 12C race cars managed to finish the grueling event, but Estre’s record will serve as benchmark for other drivers and manufacturers for many races to come.

Hit the play button above to watch Estre’s record lap and don’t forget to check out our McLaren 650S GT3 review for the full details on the 12C GT3’s replacement for 2015.

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Video: McLaren MP4-12C Vs. Cadillac CTS-V

Video: McLaren MP4-12C Vs. Cadillac CTS-V

Every now and again we run across some crazy footage of people doing crazy or amazing things with their cars. In this case, it’s both. What you’re about to witness is a rolling start drag race between what looks like a stock McLaren MP4-12C and a modified, second-generation Cadillac CTS-V.

While we don’t have any information on the race nor its participants, the Caddy’s supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 is obviously massaged into making a touch more than its stock 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. Aftermarket wheels and tires further tip off the Caddy’s hidden potential.

The drag race starts off innocently enough with both cars rolling to the start line. At that point, it’s all gas. The GM small-block’s supercharger whines like a baby at midnight as the Caddy crosses the line ahead of the 616-horsepower, $239,400-McLaren supercar.

This race just goes to show you; a little know-how, some good aftermarket parts, and a solid project car can become something unbelievable.

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2014 McLaren MP4 12C "Velocita - Wind Edition" By DMC

2014 McLaren MP4 12C "Velocita - Wind Edition" By DMC

The McLaren MP4-12C may no longer be in production, but the powerful sports car is still popular among enthusiasts. In fact, McLaren is still offering updates for it while, some tuning companies are still getting requests to enhance the 12C’s appearance and powertrain. One such shop is DMC, mostly known for meddling with Italian supercars wearing Ferrari and Lamborghini badges.

Their latest project is dubbed "Velocita" and was crafted for an unnamed Saudi owner who probably thought his MP4-12C was a little bland visually and needed more than the 592 horsepower it came from the factory. As with most DMC creations, the sports car received a unique aerodynamic package, a reupholstered interior, a titanium exhaust system, and a performance tweak to go with the more menacing, race-like looks. Ever dreamed about a 12C GT3 for the road? Well, you might as well take your McLaren to DMC, they’ll know what to do with it.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MP4 12C "Velocita - Wind Edition" By DMC.

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Video: Some of the Greatest Supercars Ever Battle on a Drag Strip

Video: Some of the Greatest Supercars Ever Battle on a Drag Strip

Have you ever wondered what a "winner-stays-on" drag race among the fastest supercars in the world would look like? I’ve been asking the same question too. Then this video created by the SCD TV showed up and well, I finally had a small sample of the answer I was looking for. SCD TV staged a series of drag races featuring some of the world’s finest exotics to find out which among them is the quickest to a quarter mile. The rules were pretty simple: two cars line up and race and the winner moves on and faces another challenger until somebody defeats the incumbent. The process repeats until a winner is eventually crowned. Sounds pretty simple, right?

SCD TV made even more interesting by fielding some pretty gnarly exotics, including a Ford GT 720 Mirage, a Ferrari F40, a 9ff-tuned Porsche 911, a McLaren 12C, a Lamborghini Aventador, and a McLaren P1.

What’s important is I saw what I’ve been wanting to see for a long time and that’s more than enough for me.

Maybe next time we all get to see more supercars in this battle. Just a thought.

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Video: Meet the World's Fastest Police Cars

Video: Meet the World’s Fastest Police Cars

Dubai is a rich country where the word "excess" is thrown completely out of the local vernacular. It’s hard to imagine that as late as three decades ago, Dubai was a barren town with little to nothing to show for it. But today, it’s become a high-class metropolis that has no shortage of wealth and extravagance. And from what we’ve seen in past months, the Dubai Police Force can attest to that, thanks to its lineup of supercars that have been converted into police cruisers.

We saw a lot of them earlier this year when it seemed that there was a new supercar-turned-police-car every week. But it’s only now that we get to see them all together all while talking to the police officers who carry the privilege of driving these exotics on a daily basis.

Department of Transport and Rescue acting director Anas Al Matrooshi gave Vocativ a comprehensive tour of Dubai’s finest police cruisers. If you haven’t seen them before, you need to check them out now.

There’s a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, a Ferrari FF, a McLaren 12C, a Lamborghini Aventador, and one of only seven Aston Martin One-77 models in the world.

In other locations on the planet, that’s a garage for the ultra rich and famous. But in Dubai, those are just police cars.

That’s just how they roll over there.

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McLaren Officially Discontinues the MP4-12C

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.

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2014 K-PAX Racing McLaren MP4-12C GT3

2014 K-PAX Racing McLaren MP4-12C GT3

The 2014 Pirelli World Challenge season is set to open later this month, and at least one team (that’s you, K-PAX Racing) is heading to the season with a supercar contender in the form of the McLaren 12C GT3.

For a team that has established a reputation as one of the series’ most accomplished outfits, K-PAX Racing couldn’t have found a more suitable race car to have in in its garage when the 16-race season begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 28th through 30th.

The blue-and-gold livery used on the 12C GT3s is all about identifying the cars to K-PAX Racing, and to be honest, they look really good in those colors.

More importantly, this year marks the return of McLaren to North American sports car racing — the first time, the company has a car in a North American race in the past 30 years.

“Ever since our 2007 debut in the World Challenge, we’ve run K-PAX Racing like a business. We expect to go fast and we expect to look sharp — from our cars and pit crew to our tents and trailers,” K-PAX team owner Jim Haughey said.

Evidently, they have the race cars to be serious contenders this season. So get ready; K-PAX Racing’s 12C GT3 is coming to take some names at the Pirelli World Challenge.

Click past the jump to read more about the K-Pax Racing McLaren MP4-12C GT3.

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McLaren Pauses 12C Production to Focus on the New 650S

McLaren Pauses 12C Production to Focus on the New 650S

You know McLaren stumbled into a really good thing when it decides to halt production of the 12C because demand for the new 650S called for it. A spokesman for the Woking-based automaker told Pistonheads at the Geneva Motor Show that the company is focusing its attention on the 650S because a bulk of the sales coming into the company is for the brand’s newest supercar.

It’s not a surprising development, especially because the company is still taking orders for the 12C. But McLaren is striking the iron while its hot and right now, the 650S is blazing, partly because its new and partly because it’s ridiculously awesome.

Even more impressive is the demand for the 650S comes at a time when the vehicle is actually £20,000 more expensive than the 12C at £195,000. The company understood the risk in adding more to the supercar’s price, but it did so with the hope that the 650S will be a sales hit among young and rich customers. Judging by its decision to stall production for the 12C to have all hands on deck for the 650S, it was a gamble that’s paying off handsomely.

The arrival of the 650S also gives a clear delineation among the company’s current and future models. With the price of the 650S closer to £200,000, nobody will mistake it for resembling the soon-to-be-unveiled P13, which is the future entry-level McLaren model.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S

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Video: Drive Takes Four McLaren MP4-12Cs to Saudi Arabia

Video: Drive Takes Four McLaren MP4-12Cs to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, like so many Middle Eastern countries, is a deeply misunderstood place. More than an area that deals with war, sand or oil, Saudi Arabia is a country filled with culture, history and car enthusiasts.

Drive had gotten word that this amazing place also held one of the greatest driving roads in the world, and they wanted to investigate. They gave a rang to McLaren to see if they could snag some 12C’s for the journey. They also contacted a local; Faisal Bin Laden, a professional driver and the owner of the Saudi Falcons race team. McLaren gave the team a 12C Coupe and a 12C Spyder and they set about on their epic adventure.

The resulting trip has been documented in a nine-minute video. It’s full of exotic metal, true gearheads and astonishing scenery. I don’t want to spoil the video, but all of the Drive team’s well-laid plans were for naught.

If you enjoy seeing exotic metal parading around exotic locations, you owe it to yourself to hit that play button. It’s a trip you won’t soon forget watching.

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McLaren to Answer Ferrari 458 Speciale with One of its Own for the McLaren 12C

2013 McLaren MP4-12C

With all the attention the Ferrari 458 Speciale has received since it was introduced late last year, McLaren appears to be itching to build something similar for the McLaren 12C. And before you wonder what the 12C GT Can-Am Edition is for, it’s best to remember that it’s actually more of a race car than a high-powered road supercar.

So Autocar is reporting that a hardcore 12C is in the works and this one will be a direct competitor to the 458 Speciale. That’s just awesome because nothing excites us more than two esteemed premium brands answering each other’s limited-edition exotics with one of their own. That’s like Katy Perry inventing a new dance routine to combat Miley Cyrus’ twerking.

Ok, we’re digressing...

In any case, the rumored "hardcore 12C" is being tipped to carry the same twin-turbo 3.8-liter, V-8 engine as that of the standard 12C. The only difference is that the former will have an improved version of the said powertrain, with performance numbers rumored to hit close to 650 horsepower.

Should those numbers be accurate, that would give the McLaren a significant performance hit compared to the 458 Speciale. It’s also important to point out that the rumored 12C will come with a host of aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades, including a design that will have some influences from the McLaren P1 to go with extensive use of carbon-fiber monocell and enhanced aerodynamic capabilities.

So prepare yourselves for a big year for McLaren. At the very least, Ferrari should be looking out for this rumored high-end 12C because there’s a good chance that the bar will once again be raised in this never-ending game of supercar supremacy.

We’ll be sitting by the couch with the popcorn ready.

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Video: Dubai PD's Mclaren MP4-12C

Video: Dubai PD’s Mclaren MP4-12C

Until recently, the best place to spot supercars was the principality of Monte Carlo on the southern coast of France. Dubai has, in recent years, seen a huge inflow of high-performance sports cars and exclusive hypercars.

So much so that even the local police now roam in their very own high-power crowd pullers. The Dubai police department recently acquired a McLaren MP4-12C, adding to their fleet of Mustangs, Corvettes, Mercedes, Veyrons and Lamborghinis. Just imagine cruising through your local streets and suddenly seeing a Lambo with red and blues flashing behind you — now that’s some scary stuff.

The official video confirming the McLaren MP4-12C being added to the Dubai PD’s fleet is nothing short of glamorous. We still doubt that the Dubai police force will actually use these cars, the MP4 included, for anything besides gratuitous publicity.

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Video: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - McLaren MP4-12C’s Greatest Nightmare

Bad Dream: The New 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray from Jeffrey Hart on Vimeo.

According to the dictionary, dreams a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep. We know what people dream about when they sleep, but what about cars, what do they dream about when fall asleep? Do they dream about happy things or do they have nightmares?

According to Jeffrey Hart, a McLaren MP4-12C has the strangest nightmare while asleep. So, what does it dream about? Its competition of course: the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

In its dream the new Stingray revs its engine, pushes the road to the limit and shows what it is capable of, making the MP4-12C all sweet and scary. The idea behind the commercial is: "the official car of their nightmares is the car of your dreams." We have to admit it is quite an interesting idea and makes the commercial very cool.

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McLaren MP4-12C Added to Dubai Police Supercar Squad

McLaren MP4-12C Added to Dubai Police Supercar Squad

Dubai is an oasis of hyper-expensive lifestyle in the middle of the Arabian desert. It is home to the tallest building in the world and the most expensive hotel suite, I would guess. Anyway, what this Emirate is also famous for, is its police squad. Renowned for its collection of supercars, the Dubai police certainly need them especially when there are so many privately owned high performance machines around.

Now, to keep a check on the ever growing population of millionaires and their supercars, the Dubai police have added a new squad car to their line-up. Dubai PD have taken delivery of a McLaren MP4-12C. So, if you have a need for speed, the 12C is the last thing you want to see in your rear view mirror.

Much to the relief of supercar owners in the region, the Dubai police use their supercars for promotional purposes and not to chase speeding boy racers. Like all the other cars in the squad, the MP4-12C gets the famous Dubai PD green livery over white base.

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2012 McLaren 12C Velocita SE By DMC

2012 McLaren 12C Velocita SE By DMC

Maybe you did not expect it, but the MCLaren MP4-12C received lots of upgrades from the tuners all over the world. This attention is not because the 12C lacks power or looks from factory, but because there are some people out there who think even the best think can be even better.

DMC is known for taking the best supercars to a whole new lever, and it did the same with the MP4-12C by updating the 3.8-liter, V-8 engine to numbers beyond its stock 592 horsepower (2012 model year specification). DMC started with an ECU performance package and a new titanium exhaust system that increases the final output to 660 horsepower.

Along with the extra power, DMC also equipped the new 12C Velocita SE with an aggressive body kit that fits perfectly with the new black paint.

On the inside, the tuner offers its clients the ability to express their individuality, so they can choose from a very wide list of carbon, wood, leather or Alcantara.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C Velocita SE by DMC.

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Video: A Pair of McLaren MP4-12Cs Take on an SRT Viper

Video: A Pair of McLaren MP4-12Cs Take on an SRT Viper

The guys over ThatRacingChannel wanted to see if two European supercar — the McLaren MP4-12C — can take on some of the most modern muscle America has to offer in the 2014 SRT Viper. Why on earth you would want to put two cars that aren’t exactly competitors in a head-to-head competition? Well, the answer is simple: because it’s a whole hell of a lot of fun! And if you have the cars at your disposal, why not?

The SRT Viper is powered by a 8.4-liter, V-10 engine that delivers 640 horsepower at 6,150 rpm and 600 pound-feet of torque at 4,950 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 206 mph. On the other hand, the MP4-12C is powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 with an output of 616 horsepower that allows it to sprint to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to 207 mph.

Check out the video to see which car won the race.

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2013 McLaren 12C Concept Car by MSO

2013 McLaren 12C Concept Car by MSO

McLaren Special Operation — MSO for short — is a special division of the company established back in August 2011. Since then, the best vehicles we’ve seen from them were the MP4-12C High Sport and the X1.

While waiting for that special Project Alpha supercar, which MSO announced a while ago, it launched a very cool 12C concept car. It is, of course, a new design exercise that show the amazing bespoke capacities of the MP4-12C sports car.

Just like with all the other vehicles developed by MSO, this special 12C received a full package of bespoke features, including a revised hood, front wing louvers, new rear wing vents, a unique airbrake and a new roof, featuring an integrated snorkel that channels air into the engine. All these elements are made in carbon fiber.

The 12C also features titanium wheel bolts to help reduce unsprung weight and add strength to the hubs.

For the interior, MSO adds a carbon-fiber instrument cluster with integrated shift lights, and a color trim inspired by the body color.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C Concept Car by MSO.

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Video: Chris Harris puts Porsche 911 Turbo S next to McLaren 12C

Video: Chris Harris puts Porsche 911 Turbo S next to McLaren 12C

In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris put face to face two of the latest sports cars: the new Porsche 911 Turbo S and the McLaren MP4 12C. Why this strange choice? Well, because the new Turbo S is a very expensive car, and, according to Harris, it "probably needs to fend-off more exotic machinery like a yellow McLaren."

As a reminder, the 911 Turbo S is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that delivers a total of 560 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and can hit a top speed of 197 mph. On the other hand, the MP4 12C gets a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with an output of 616 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to 207 mph.

Check out the video to see which of the two sports car was the best according to Harris.

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Video: Jay Leno Drops by US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas

Video: Jay Leno Drops by US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas

Being Jay Leno comes with many perks, one of which is VIP tickets to the recently held US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Whereas most of us will be probably get lucky scoring grandstand seats, Leno doesn’t roll like that. He goes inside, deep into the heart of the event, to talk to a variety of individuals who played big roles in bringing Formula One back to U.S. soil.

Leno’s first interview was with renowned German racetrack architect Hermann Tilke, the man responsible for designing what would eventually be known as the Circuit of the Americas. From there, the comedian spends some time with an engineer from McLaren to discuss the finer points of an F1 car. That’s a conversation we’d love to be a part of.

Finally, Leno meets McLaren test driver Oliver Turvey before getting a chance to ride shotgun on a McLaren MP4-12C around the track.

The perks this man gets as one of the world’s foremost celebrity gear heads is downright incredible.

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Video: Chris Harris Drives the McLaren 12C GT3 Racecar

Video: Chris Harris Drives the McLaren 12C GT3 Racecar

We all know that Chris Harris often is one of the first to get his hands on the latest and greatest road-going cars in the world. However, he does occasionally get a crack at a racecar. And in the latest episode of Drive he got the chance to drive one of the best race cars in the world, at least according to him: the new McLaren 12C GT3.

The MP4-12C GT3 is powered by a race-prepped 3.8-liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine featuring McLaren Electronics ECU interfacing with Bosch ABS and Shiftec transmission control units. When compared to the road-going version, the GT3 version received a revised aerodynamics package that includes a new front splitter, front and rear diffuser and a huge, fully adjustable rear wing.

The MP4-12C GT3 is priced at $500,000, and according to Chris, it is the best toy to play with. Check him out testing the new GT3 on a race track in Woking, UK.

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Video: EVO Seeks the 2013 Track Car of the Year

Video: EVO Seeks the 2013 Track Car of the Year

Jethro Bovingdon from the British magazine EVO wanted to find out what the best track car of 2013, so he made a test that included some of the coolest cars out there: the McLaren 12C GT Can-Am, Caterhan Seven 620R, Radical RXC, BAC Mono, Litchfield Subaru BRZ Spec S, Mini JCW GP, Supercharged Ariel Atom 3.5 and Porsche Cayman S.

The test was made at the Blyton Park and the result seems to be a little bit surprising. Of course, we will not ruin the surprise and will let you watch for yourself to see that car was declared "Track Car of the Year."

All we can tell is that you will be surprise to see that the Cayman S was just a couple of seconds behind the 380-horsepower Radical RXC, which, by the way, weights only 900 kilos (1,984 pounds).

Enjoy the video and trust us it worth spending half an hour watching it!

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Video: Tanner Foust Talks Shop on McLaren MP4-12C FlimSpeed Shoot

Video: Tanner Foust Talks Shop on McLaren MP4-12C FlimSpeed Shoot

Remember that memorable Forza 5 "Filmspeed" ad featuring the 2014 McLaren MP4-12C that was shown a few weeks ago?

We admit that we still can’t get enough of it, specifically the process that was involved in actually making the video. What a lot of people didn’t know from the video was that no less than Tanner Foust, the same guy who hosts Top Gear USA, was the man behind the wheel of the MP4-12C.

Coming from the man who was responsible for driving the supercar to make sure that the angles were all hit on the right spots, Foust takes us on a behind-the-scenes look on how the video ad came to be. It’s a fascinating look at one of the most creative ads we’ve seen in a while.

Trust us: if you liked the commercial when you first saw it, this episode of Life in the Foust Lane will give you a deeper level of appreciation of Forza Motorsport’s Filmspeed animation.

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2014 McLaren 12C GT Sprint

2014 McLaren 12C GT Sprint

McLaren currently offers two racing versions of its 12C sports car: the 12C GT3 and the 12C GT Can-Am Edition. McLaren specially designed the 12C GT3 version for competitions like the FIA Group GT3 where it obtained its first victory at the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship season.

McLaren has now decided to expand the 12C lineup even further with the addition of a new 12C GT Sprint edition. The new model will make its world debut during this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and McLaren will limit it to only 20 units. Before you get too excited, we have to let you know that the new 12C Sprint edition is a track-only model.

McLaren GT is developing the model and will base it on the road-going 12C, but it will feature some new systems and an optimized aerodynamic package.

Updated 10/1/2013: McLaren has released some additional information, including the £195,000 (about $316,150 at the current exchange rates) base price for the 12C GT Sprint. The Brittish maker also revealed a few more images of the upcoming supercar.

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2013 McLaren HS-12 Velocita SE by DMC

2013 McLaren HS-12 Velocita SE by DMC

Earlier this year, luxury German tuner, DMC, introduced its Velocita program for the McLaren MP4-12C. Months have passed since then, but it seems like DMC spent all that time building a special version of that incredible program.

This is the McLaren HS-12 Velocita SE, a irresistibly eye-catching take on the British supercar, complete with a new aerodynamic kit, posh interior upgrades and a unique color finish that brings out the aura of the MP4-12C like few other tuning programs could.

One look at the MP4-12C and you’ll immediately gravitate towards the Emerald Red Couture body finish DMC used on the supercar. We can’t blame you for drooling because we had to stop ourselves from doing so, too. But once we got our bearings back, we also noticed a few details about the new aero kit fitted into the MP4-12C.

The aerodynamic engineering is clearly evident, as shown by the supercar’s redesigned carbon-fiber grill to go with a new front lip spoiler with an enhanced downforce on the front axle, as well as carbon-fiber side flaps that work by supporting the pressure between the axles and, in turn, improves the car’s road stability. A carbon-fiber rear diffuser was also installed, with the new one treated to the addition of two two fins and goes hand-in-hand with a brand-new exhaust system that’s made of pure titanium.

A large rear wing and a set of 21-inch diamond forged alloy wheels round out DMC’s HS-12 Velocita SE program for the McLaren MP4-12C, further underscoring the DMC’s brilliance in billing programs like this while also highlighting the MP4-12C’s growing clout as an aftermarket favorite.

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Video: Forza Motorsport 5 - FilmSpeed

Video: Forza Motorsport 5 - FilmSpeed

In this high-tech world, pretty much everything you see on the screen is computer generated. However, the new "Filmspeed" — the latest ad spot for Forza Motorsport 5 — is a little bit different. It was filmed one frame at a time using a high-speed video camera bolted into the engine block of a McLaren 12C supercar.

The 12C supercar runs on a racetrack and it blasts past 680 frames printed on aluminum panels at a maximum filming speed of 120 mph. Now this is the right way of filming a great video, don’t you agree? Of course a professional driver and a close track were used, so you shouldn’t try this at home.

So, even though this may look like it was computed generated, what you’re watching was shot via camera. Check out the video to see for yourself how the filming was made.

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2013 McLaren MP4-12C HPE700 by Hennessey

2013 McLaren MP4-12C HPE700 by Hennessey

Hennessey unveiled its HPE800 Kit for the McLaren MP4-12C for the McLaren MP4-12C in early 2012. In that instance, Hennessey tuned the supercar to deliver a total of 800 horsepower.

In 2013, however, Hennessey revisits the MP4-12C and came up with a new HPE700 kit that, despite delivering "only" 704 horsepower, it’s still bound to be a hoot to drive.

The new HPE700 kit includes an optimized ECU, an upgraded intercooler, dual air induction filters and a stainless-steel sports exhaust system. Thanks to these changes, the car’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine’s output was increased from the base 616 horsepower up to a total of 704 Horsepower at 7,500 rpm and a peak torque of 538 pound-feet at 5,800 rpm.

With the extra power, the MP4-12 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and will run the quarter mile in 10.3 seconds at a speed of 137 mph.

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2013 McLaren MP4-12Cf by Mansory

2013 McLaren MP4-12Cf by Mansory

Mansory never passes up a chance to showcase its new projects in an auto show as big as Frankfurt.

So with the event scheduled to open to the public in a few days, the Swiss tuner extraordinaire has officially dropped the details on all of its Frankfurt-bound models.

One of the programs you’ll see is for the McLaren MP4-12C and you only need to be a fan of the British supercar to appreciate the level of work Mansory put into it to make it look and perform like a reborn exotic with stunning good looks and monster muscles under its hood.

In so many ways, this is typical Mansory — in a very good way. It’s not content on just rolling out the usual catch-as-catch-can program in an attempt to illicit a reaction. All of its projects come with a seal of awesomeness we don’t always see from other aftermarket companies.

That’s probably why the company saves its programs only for events like Frankfurt and quite frankly, we have no problem with that because at the end of the day, there will always be something to look forward to from this company when auto show season is in full bloom.

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McLaren Builds 3,000th 12C In Time For 50th Anniversary

McLaren Builds 3,000th 12C In Time For 50th Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that McLaren has already built 3,000 examples of its MP4-12C supercar, especially when you consider that the exotic has only been around in the past few years.

But the 12C’s popularity is unmistakable and undeniable, and in time for its 50th anniversary celebration, the British automaker built the 3,000th 12C supercar.

The 3,000th car is actually a Volcano Yellow 12C Spider, which was paraded around the company headquarters by McLaren Mercedes F1 driver Sergio Perez. It’s a tremendous achievement for such a young model, but it also proves that in the 50 years since Bruce McLaren first incorporated Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Limited on September 2, 1963, the company has risen to heights that very few of its contemporaries can brag about.

It’s been a pillar of Formula One since 1966, having won 182 races together with 43 wins in the North American CanAm series, three Indy 500 championships, and a 24 Hours of Le Mans win on its first attempt in 1995.

Since 1993, McLaren has also been credited with building some of the fastest and most powerful road cars in the world. Beginning with the F1, all the way to the MP4-12C, and the P1, the British company has become one of the standard bearers in the supercar market.

Not too shabby for a brand that’s younger than most of its competitors.

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2013 McLaren GREAT 12C

2013 McLaren GREAT 12C

Innovation is at the heart of what McLaren does and there’s no question that when it comes to making use of the latest technologies available, there aren’t a lot of companies — British ones, at that — that can hold a candle to McLaren.

That’s also why the automaker is a staunch supporter of the GREAT campaign, an initiative in the UK that aims to highlight the it’s status as a world leader when it comes to technology.

In celebration of its advocacy to this cause, McLaren and F1 racecar driver Jenson Button recently unveiled the GREAT 12C, a McLaren supercar dressed up in the latest GREAT campaign livery, complete with fancy graphics and the campaigns key message "Innovation is GREAT" plastered throughout the 12C.

There is no mention of any performance mods on this liveried 12C, so we assume that it features the same 3.8-liter V-8 powerplant that produces 616 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque as the standard 12C. This engine sprints the 12C to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 207 mph.

If you remember, this isn’t the first McLaren that has prominently displayed the advocacy on its body. Last year, McLaren did the same to an MP4-12C GT3, giving it the same unique treatment to match the message it wished to bestow.

The 2013 GREAT 12C will make the usual promotional rounds in the coming days, beginning with an appearance at an exclusive ‘McLaren 50’ screening of Formula 1 film ‘RUSH’ today before leading a procession of rare cars from Buckingham Palace to Marlborough House Gardens in the St James’s Palace Concours d’Elegance.

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Video: Race-Spec GT-86 Turbo Takes on the McLaren 12C

Video: Race-Spec GT-86 Turbo Takes on the McLaren 12C

Though we are not totally infatuated with the GT 86/FR-S/BRZ triplets like most auto guys, we do think that it is still one hell of a sports car. Our biggest complaints about the GT 86 include its engineered torque dip to help it feel sportier at high revs, super-slow 0-to-60 mph time with the autobox and a body style that seems a lot older than it actually is, but the good certainly outweighs the bad.

Now, when it comes to modified versions of the triplets, we are all in, as tuners are managing to extract some mighty numbers from this sport coupe. Fensport put together a few tuning kits for the GT 86 that have attracted the attention of several auto nuts, and Autocar went a step further by putting it on the track against the mighty McLaren 12C.

The Fensport racing-spec GT 86 manages to churn out 335 horsepower and tips the scales at just over 2,425 pounds, plus it’s got racing slicks, tons of downforce and an upgraded suspension system. But, is that enough to tackle the 12C and its 616-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-8 powerplant?

Check out the above video to see how the racing-spec GT 86 holds up against the McLaren.

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2013 McLaren MP4-VX by Vorsteiner

2013 McLaren MP4-VX by Vorsteiner

Earlier this this Vorsteiner announced the McLaren-V Concept which seemed to preview the new MP4-VX tuning kit that was just announced. The kit was unveiled last night at the Vorsteiner headquarters in Garden Grove, California.

Of course that the new McLaren MP4-12C is a great car and we love the way it looks like, but it seems that the folks over Vorsteiner wanted to tweak its appearance just a little. And tweak it they certainly did! Too bad there’s no upgrades under the hood, but the standard 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with its 616 horsepower 443 pound-feet of torque that launched the supercar to 60 mph in as little as 3 seconds seems good enough.

Vorsteiner’s new kit was built using the latest dry carbon fiber pre-preg autoclave technology and it transforms the MP4-12C into an even more aggressive-looking supercar. On top of that, the tuner even added a set of wheels top help round out the look.

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2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spyder British Open by Wheelsandmore

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spyder British Open by Wheelsandmore

It was only three months ago when Wheelsandmore presented a program for the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder - or just 12C, depending on your preference - yet somehow, it only took them that long to announce another project based on the British supercar.

Apparently, there’s no rest for the weary over there in Germany.

For this particular take, Wheelsandmore pulled off another knock-out program for the MP4-12C Spyder, giving it a full breadth of customizable details that hits all the right chords for fans of the McLaren.

The program even has its own name - British Open - and an appropriate designation at that, further highlighting the level of creativity and excellence that Wheelsandmore has come to be known for.

For all the pomp and hype the industry puts on aftermarket companies, Wheelsandmore has become one of the best at what it does, not because of the quantity of projects it rolls out, but because a lot of these programs have exceeded all of our expectations.

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Spy Shots: McLaren P13 Mule or Revised MP4-12C Spyder Caught Testing in the Rain

Two days ago, we brought you a series of spy shots that we believe it were images for an upcoming facelift for the MP4-12C. However, there is now rumbling that those were actually of a mule for the upcoming McLarenP13, which is rumored to arrive in 2014 as a competitor for the Porsche 911, the new Mercedes GT sports car and the Audi R8.

According to a McLaren spokesman, via a report from Auto Express , the mule is testing some mechanical parts from the new entry-level model, the P13. Our spy photographers were lucky enough to catch what looks to be the same car near Nurburgring, but unfortunately the weather did not permit much testing. Now the real question is whether this is the P13 mule or a revision to the 12C Spyder, what do you think?

Rumors suggest that the P13 sports car will be powered by a de-tuned version of the twin-turbo V-8 engine used in the 12C with an output kept close to 500 horsepower.

The model will be priced at about $200k and McLaren hopes to sell around 2,000 to 2,500 units per year globally.

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2014 McLaren MP4-12C

2014 McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren unveiled the MP4-12C back in 2011 and it looks like the car is already about to receive its second revision. The first revision took place for the 2013 model year and the changes were very slight. This time around, the changes will likely be a little more noticeable and our our spy photographers caught one of there revised MP4-12C prototypes testing at Nurburgring under camo.

Since this camouflage only hides the car’s front end, we expect to see changes to the front bumper and headlights. Rumors also suggest that McLaren will offer a small power boost for the twin-turbocharged V-8. The current MP4-12C delivers a total of 625 horsepower and we expect to see updated version to deliver somewhere in the 650-horsepower area.

Expect to see the revised MP4-12C unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, with sales to begin shortly after.

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2013 McLaren 12C B&W Edition

2013 McLaren 12C B&W Edition

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.

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2013 McLaren MP4-12C Volcano Red by Ultimate Auto

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Volcano Red by Ultimate Auto

There’s not enough superlative to describe the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder. Every so often, even we get a little lost for words when talking about a supercar of the 12C Spyder’s stature.

That, in a nutshell, has also been the go-to expression with Florida-based tuner Ultimate Auto.

It’s produced some really wicked programs in the past couple of months and the one for the 12C Spyder is about as impressive as it gets. The really cool thing about what Ultimate Auto did to the 12C Spyder is that it gave the supercar some custom enhancements you normally wouldn’t see other tuners even bother getting into.

Not only does it give the supercar a unique look, but it also makes it an undeniable stunner, something Ultimate Auto has prided itself on recently.

And lest we forget, this British rocket also comes with a 3.8-liter V-8 twin-turbo engine combined with a 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission, allowing it to produce 616 horsepower and sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 204 mph.

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2014 McLaren MP4-12C will Receive a Power Boost

2013 McLaren MP4-12C

When McLaren announced the 2013 MC4-12C sports car it also announced a 25-horsepower power boost over the previous year. Now it looks like the same treatment will be applied to the 2014MP4-12C.

The announcement was made by a McLaren engineer during a recent test drive by Jalopnik’s own Travis Okulski. Of course, this was all the info he revealed, as, according to them the level of power is "undetermined at this time." Uh huh…

Until McLaren is good and ready to let out all of the details, we are left to speculate. The 2013 MP4-12C delivers 616 horsepower to its rear wheels and the 2014 P1 puts 727 horses to the pavement,. We suspect that the MP4-12C will split the difference, which would put it at about 672 horsepower. Sounds good to us!

Of course, we could all be crazy and the increase may be just 5 horsepower, but we’ll have to just wait for the guys across the pond to break their silence.

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2013 McLaren 12C Spider by Wheelsandmore

2013 McLaren 12C Spider by Wheelsandmore

These past few days were pretty busy at the Wheelsandmore factory. Along with the MC Stradale "Demonoxious" announced earlier today, Wheelsandmore has also unveiled a nice upgrade for the McLaren MP4-12C Spider. Just like with any other upgrade kit it offers, this one offered for the 12C Spider includes exterior and interior updates to go along with a nice output increase.

In fact, Wheelsandmore’s decision to offer an upgrade for the 12C Spider shouldn’t be such a big surprise, considering last year the tuner unveiled the "Toxique Evil" package based on the 12C Coupe.

Most of the tinkering went on under the hood where the tuner performed an ECU update and installed a new exhaust system with freer catalytic convertors. As a result, the engine’s output was increased to a total of 700 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque from the standard 616 horsepower and 442 pound-feet.

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2013 McLaren 12C and 12C Spider 50 Limited Edition

2013 McLaren 12C and 12C Spider 50 Limited Edition

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.

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2013 McLaren MP4-12C Greenwich Special Edition

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Greenwich Special Edition

No, this is not a camouflaged prototype of the McLaren MP4-12C. This is an actual MP4-12C that’s been dressed by McLaren dealer Miller Motorcars in Greenwich, Connecticut.

So what did they use to dress this up?

Apparently, the vinyl wrap used to decorate this MP4-12C is the same camouflage patterns McLaren uses for its own prototypes. Since Miller Motorcars is a certified McLaren dealer, we’re guessing that they got some sort of blessing from Woking, England to cover this MP4-12C with this camouflaged pattern. The dealer even has a name for it: the Greenwich Special Edition.

It’s also a pre-owned vehicle with some mileage on it, but for the sheer uniqueness of it all, its $259,035 price tag might be a little justified. And if for nothing else, the prospective buyer can take comfort knowing that he’s buying a supercar that’s unique to its own.

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2013 McLaren MP4-12C by Autodynamica

2013 McLaren MP4-12C by Autodynamica

There aren’t very much tuners out there that have put their talents to use on the McLaren MP4-12C, but the gang over at Autodynamica decided to load up the McLaren with all sorts of exterior, interior and, most importantly, performance upgrades.

The tuner started by updating the exterior look of the MP4-12C. For this the coated the lower lip in a sharp gray. Autodynamica then turned its attention to installing a carbon-fiber lower grille bars and side-view mirrors, giving the MP4-12C a more race-inspired look. Under the hood, the customers will get a surprise in the form of a signature from F1 McLaren driver Sergio "Checo" Perez.

Our favorite part of this project, as you can likely guess, is what’s under the hood. Under here, the tuner reprogrammed the ECU and spent an exhausting – no pun intended – 10 hours installing a new Fabspeed X-pipe and high-flow catalytic converters.

After these changes, the super car now turns in an astounding 724 horsepower and 552 pound-feet of torque.

After a tune of this magnitude, you need to add some extra sticky stuff under the car. Autodynamica was happy to oblige with a set of 20- and 21-inch HRE wheels on the front and rear, respectively, wrapped in high-performance rubber.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard McLaren MP4-12C.

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Video: Legendary McLaren Can-Am models at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Video: Legendary McLaren Can-Am models at Goodwood Festival of Speed

2013 marks McLaren’s 50th anniversary and as a celebration of the event, McLaren will showcase a selection of legendary models from the company’s heritage collection at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This lineup will include some of the most famous race and championship-winning models from the brand’s illustrious past, as well as the new 12C Can-Am Edition which was announced last year at the Pebble Beach Concours.

The McLaren race team participated in Can-Am racing throughout the 1960s and 1970s, during which the race team claimed five back-to-back world championships between 1969 and 1974, making it the most successful team in the history of the championship.

With its 630-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, the current Can-Am is the most powerful 12C produced to date. It will be produced in strictly limited numbers, as McLaren announced that no more than 30 units will be produced globally.

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Video: McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Shatters Highlands Motorsport Park Lap Record

Video: McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Shatters Highlands Motorsport Park Lap Record

The McLaren MP4-12C GT3 can now lay claim to holding the fastest lap ever set at the new Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand.

All it took was a blistering lap time of 1:41.9 with Porsche 911 Cup racer, Craig Baird, behind the wheel.

The Highlands Motorsport Park just opened last month and it certainly kicked off its opening weekend in remarkable fashion with Baird and the MP4-12C providing a lot of the fireworks. In this video, you can check out seven different camera angles of the record-setting lap, complete with remarkable camera work on both the exterior and interior of the car.

We’re pretty confident that, at some point, another car will be able to hold the lap record at Highlands Motorsport Park. But for now, it’s the McLaren MP4-12C GT3’s turn up the record books and if you’re part of Highlands management, you couldn’t have picked a better super car/racecar to become the inaugural record holder of the fastest lap on your track.

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Video: McLaren MP4-12C GT Can-Am Edition Performs an Awesome Goodwood Preview

Video: McLaren MP4-12C GT Can-Am Edition Performs an Awesome Goodwood Preview

The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most eagerly anticipated auto shows in the world. It doesn’t have the usual expo-like feel attached to other auto shows, but it’s appeal is centered on the fact that only the most exclusive of cars are present in the event.

That and the Goodwood Hill Climb.

Ahead of the public opening of the festival this July, the annual preview day was recently held and one exotic, in particular, made quite an impression: the McLaren MP4-12C GT Can-Am Edition.

Courtesy of Shmee150, the MP4-12C CT Can-Am Edition can be seen performing some ridiculous acceleration runs to complement a steady diet of burnouts performed up the event’s famous hill climb road.

One of the most exclusive MP4-12Cs in existence, the 30-strong GT Can-Am Edition is a true spectacle of the British automaker’s renowned engineering.

Seeing it perform runs like this only adds more credence to its power, speed, and overall exclusivity.

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Video: Standard McLaren MP4-12C Runs a 10-Second Quarter Mile

Video: Standard McLaren MP4-12C Runs a 10-Second Quarter Mile

The guys over Drag Times magazine had the chance to take a McLaren MP4-12C supercar to the Palm Beach International Raceway for some quarter-mile testing. The car tested was a 2013 model year that delivers a total of 616 horsepower and comes equipped with reprogrammed transmission logic.

The model also features carbon-ceramic brakes, a sport exhaust system and super-light wheels, which help deliver a total weight of just 3,118 pounds when fuel tank was just a quarter full. All these updates dropped a weight-to-power ratio to 5.06 pounds per horsepower.

The results were pretty amazing, as the 12C ran the 1/4-mile in 10.55 seconds at a speed of 134.56 mph. These numbers make the MP4-12C faster than the Lamborghini Aventador, but also the second fastest-stock production car in the world, after the Bugatti Veyron. We are just waiting for some official confirmations from McLaren before getting too excited.

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Video: McLaren 12C Spider Challenges a Snowboarder

Video: McLaren 12C Spider Challenges a Snowboarder

The new McLaren 12C Spider is now officially on sale in North America, and, to mark the event, McLaren has unveiled a short film shot at the Loveland Pass in Colorado. With Rhys Millen behind the wheel, the 12C Spider had to challenge professional snowboarder Chanelle Sladics.

Rhys Millen is the current overall record holder for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, so you can imagine that driving the 12C Spider in Loveland — the highest mountain pass in the world — was like an everyday play for him. On the other hand, Chanelle Sladics is a professional snowboarder and she competed eight times at the Winter X-Games. She also had the advantage of taking the most direct route across the snow covered landscape, so who will win this competition? Just watch the video to find out!

The 12C Spider driven in this video was equipped with a "Winter" powertrain setting that sets all electronic support systems to a maximum intervention level, with gearshift strategy and torque control optimized to limit any loss of traction.

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