McLaren Adds Four New Dealerships In The US
McLaren’s presence in the U.S. is about to get bigger after the British automaker announced its plan to launch four more dealerships across the Atlantic. The new dealerships will be located in Bergen County, New Jersey; Boston, Massachusetts; Houston, Texas; and Palm Beach, Florida. The opening of these dealerships brings McLaren’s dealership total in North America to 22, while also boosting its tally to 80 dealerships all over the world.
The increased dealership network paves the way for McLaren to offer its growing lineup of models to a bigger customer base in the U.S. The wider reach should make it easier for the supercar brand to exceed the 1,654 units it sold in 2015 across the globe, a record number that slightly exceeded the 1,648 units it sold in 2014. As expected, all four new dealerships in the US will benefit from McLaren’s highly-regarded and personable sales team, as well as its state-of-the-art sales, after sales and retail facilities. It’s still unclear if any of the dealers will boast McLaren’s MSO service, but expect that question to be answered sooner than later.
The British automaker has made it known that it’s set a target of selling 4,000 units . These new dealerships could go a long way in achieving that, but just as important is the fact that the company can rely on its growing portfolio of models to get the jump done. According to the company, McLaren models that will be available in North American dealerships include the 540C, the 570S, the 650S Coupe and Spyder, the 675LT Coupe, and soon enough, the 675LT Spider.
McLaren, in particular, will have high hopes for both the 540C and the 570S, the two cars that make up the company’s newly established Sports Series. When the company decided to build these models, it wanted to target a different kind of customer, specifically those who would have otherwise been priced out of models like the 650S and the 675LT. Both the 540C and the 570S are expected to be the driving forces of the company’s growth mainly because they’re catered to a bigger market, and more importantly, come at much lower prices than any of the other McLarens.
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McLaren P1 made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but McLaren is still pretty busy testing it. The latest tests were made in extreme conditions, through deserts of Arizona, California and Nevada. These deserts are famous for their record temperatures of 52°C / 126°F. The tests will continue in the upcoming weeks, as McLaren wants to be sure the P1 will behave as expected in any driving conditions.
This is the first time we’ve seen a fully exposed and undisguised P1, plus it wears a Carbon Black finish — the first time we see the supercar in this color. On top of that sexy, dark paintwork, this P1 is equipped with a bespoke braking system and tires developed in cooperation with Akebono and Pirelli.
Deliveries of the P1 supercar will begin this September, just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of McLaren. As a reminder, the P1 will be limited to only 375 units.
Click past the jump to watch the McLaren P1 in action under extreme desert conditions.
Noted auto journalist Chris Harris recently got an invitation from Codemasters — the fine folks behind the racing game series, GRID — to give the game a virtual test. This isn’t any old test either, as it pits Harris against McLaren test driver Mat Jackson in a race at Brands Hatch in the virtual UK.
In the virtual race, Harris struggles to keep up with the more experienced Jackson and voices his displeasure to one of the game’s developers. After a few tips and pointers on how to get more out of his MP4-12C, Harris proceeds to catch up to Jackson, overtake him and then beat him to the checkered flag by the slimmest of margins.
Apparently, the whole point of the series of teasers is for Codemasters to display the kind of real-life instructions you can put to use in the virtual racing game. Quite frankly, we don’t get the idea of the whole thing, given the fact that the GRID series has always been a game that put hardcore racing as its main selling point. In any case, the video’s pretty interesting if you’re a fan of the GRID franchise.
Harris’ involvement in these teasers also appear to be of the multi-part variety, which means that we can expect to see more of these teasers in the coming weeks as Codemasters prepares for the release of “GRID 2 Effect” this summer.
When McLaren launched their Special Operations program last year, it opened the doors for its clientele to tap into the company’s new vehicle customization program.
Since then, a number of Mclaren supercars have been born from this program, including the MP4-12C High Sport and, most recently, the X-1. Now it looks like there’s another one being cooked up.
Our friends over at Jalopnik managed to get brochure images of another project car from Mclaren’s Special Operations, an exclusive supercar that has been christened "Project Alpha." Unlike the X-1 and it’s one-off status, Project Alpha will comprise of six special edition MP4-12Cs that have been designed with a number of distinctive aerodynamic modifications.
The images point to these modifications, which include a Gloss Black front splitter, louvered front rear wings similar to the High Sport models, a Gloss Black roof, a Gloss Black painted rear deck, carbon fiber rear fender vents, Gloss Black GT3 bumpers, and a set of lightweight Gloss Black diamond cut rims.
Meanwhile, the interior of the Project Alpha MP4-12Cs appears to include a carbon fiber steering wheel with Alcantara wheel trips, a black Alcantara cluster cover, and a brushed stainless steel badge depicting the supercar’s chassis number.
According to Jalopnik, the Project Alpha MP4-12Cs will head this way, specifically in Chicago, where six customers are already in line to receive all six models of the limited run supercar. These models will also carry the performance updates of the 2013 cars.
McLaren has been facing some massive changes in the past few years with the MP4-12C re-energizing the British automaker after in excess of a decade with no new cars rolling into showrooms. Furthermore, McLaren has been furiously expanding its dealership network across the globe during this time, with one dealership even recently opening in Australia.
However, it’s the U.S. which seems to be the most profitable market for McLaren with MotorTrend reporting that 40 percent of the 1000 MP4-12C’s currently ordered are heading to America and for those who don’t find mathematics their forte, that equates to 400 units. So it goes without saying that the MP4-12C is extremely appealing across the U.S.
On one hand this is a huge shock, as the U.S. is already up there as one of Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s biggest markets, but on the other hand it shows that McLaren’s efforts to open up a network of dealers in the U.S. has paid off.
It’s currently unclear if any private U.S. customers have had their MP4-12C’s delivered, after McLaren ‘recalled’ them due to various complaints from road-testers. Either way, McLaren sales in the U.S. are sighted to rise even higher in the coming years with the F1 successor currently being developed, while various variants of the MP4-12C will also be produced, possibly even an MP4-12C Shooting Brake.
It’s a car that will more than likely just take up some space in someone’s garage, but it could still fetch millions at an auction the same way one of its contemporaries did just over a year ago.
The piece of automotive racing history that we’re talking about is the Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, and should you have millions of dollars in your piggy bank, you’ll be happy to know that the car is headed to the upcoming Pebble Beach Auction in August 2012 in Carmel Valley, California.
Judging by the level of interest surrounding this car, the sky is really the limit on how much it’s going to go for at the auction. Combine that with the fact that a similar make and model was sold last year for $3.9 million, and you have a rare racing car that’s going to sell for a lot of zeroes.
This particular F1 GTR Longtail also happens to have an interesting history behind it. It was originally built as chassis number 027R, but ultimately ended up as a spare car - chassis 028R - after sustaining damage during one of its transports. In the end, the car wound racing in a number of racing events, highlighted by its participation during the 1997 FIA GT season.
Should you be interested in owning a true hard-to-find racer, you better break open that piggy bank because you’re going to have to pay a fortune for the chance to show off the car to your buddies.
Find out more about the 1997 Gulf McLaren F1 GTR ’028R’ Longtail after the jump.
A lot is being made about McLaren and the launch of their new dealership network - the first showroom being at One Hyde Park in London. However, while the star-studded event drew some very important people, most notably F1 drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, and McLaren CEO Ron Dennis, one car that was displayed at the event caught the most of our attention. It was a McLaren MP4-12C, except that it wasn’t just any other MP4-12C. This bad boy was dressed up in chrome.
We don’t know if this shiny piece of McLaren goodness is a special edition model or maybe even just a one-off that’s going to be auctioned sometime down the road, but it sure looks more delicious than just about any MP4-12C we’ve ever seen.
Add that to the fact that it also carries quite a powertrain under its hood, one that features a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing a mouth-watering 592 horsepower at 7,000rpm and 443 lb/ft of torque between 3,000 and 7,000rpm, and you’ve got a truly one-of-a-kind MP4-12C.
So in the event any McLaren big wig reads our site, consider this an appeal to make this chrome MP4-12C a special edition model. Now it might be hard considering that all MP4-12C models are already sold out for the next three years, but hey, we can dream, right?
Check out a short walk-through video of the Chrome MP4-12C courtesy of YouTube user "dimi164" after the jump
It seems that McLaren is pretty busy preparing the market debut for their latest sports car, theMP4-12C. The MP4-12C may be getting its covers ripped off in Paris, but in the USA, 12 prototypes are being put to the test in the blazing heat of Arizona!
The prototypes are beating the roads between Lake Havasu City - where the team was based - and the town of Flagstaff, further west in Arizona in order to test the capability of the super car on a mixture of driving surfaces. During these tests, the McLaren has a 28-strong team of engineers, technicians, and vehicle development partners which alternated the test vehicles, running two VP cars and one XP car everyday and night over three weeks. We just hope that the prototypes were able to withstand the 155 degrees Fahrenheit Mother Nature was beating down on them!
In the USA, the MP4-12C will be sold in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Miami and Toronto. McLaren will also be announcing retailers for Newport Beach in Orange County, California, and Philadelphia very soon.
Press release after the jump.
Forget any concert tours heading your way, the tour everyone should try to attend is the launch tour being presented by McLaren for their new MP4-12C. This news comes to us after McLaren presented their supercar for the first time to the North American market at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
During this tour, which kicks off on September 1st and 2nd in Toronto, Ontario, the MP4-12C will be presented at key dealerships throughout the States to allow prospective buyers to see the MP4-12C and get a chance to talk to the people the people behind the supercar.
The new MP4-12C will be presented at the following locations: McLaren Chicago: Lake Forest Sportscars; McLaren Dallas: Park Place; McLaren Greenwich (McLaren’s representative in the New York Tri-State area): Miller Motorcars; McLaren San Francisco: Price Family Dealerships; McLaren Tampa Bay: Dew Luxury Motor Cars and The Collection McLaren (representing the Miami market). Two more presentations will be made in Orange County and Philadelphia, but those dates have not been scheduled yet.
The McLaren MP4-12C is powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine producing around 600 horsepower and 433 lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled to a McLaren seven speed Seamless Shift dual clutch gearbox (SSG). It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of more than 200mph. The car will go on sale in the summer of 2011 with prices starting between $225,000 and $250,000.
Press release after the jump.
McLaren’s North American invasion has finally begun after the British supercar maker announced the first six dealerships that will be given the first chance to sell the brand’s new supercar, the MP4-12C.
Among the franchises that were picked to exclusively sell the new McLaren supercar include the Auto Gallery (Beverly Hills, CA), Lake Forest Sports Cars (Chicago, IL), Park Place (Dallas, TX), Miller Motorcars (Greenwich, CT), Price Family Dealerships (San Francisco, CA), and Dew Luxury Motor Cars (Tampa Bay, FL).
Deliveries for the MP4-12C is expected to commence in a year’s time and interested buyers from the other side of the Atlantic are going to need to shell out around $250,000 for a chance to bring one home. According to McLaren, initial stocks for the MP4-12C will be limited to just 1,000 models a year, although that figure is still expected to climb to somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000 units per year.
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The US launch of the new McLaren MP4-12C may have hit a pretty serious stumble block after Inside Line reported that concerns over the car’s viability in the US has turned off a number of US dealership networks into giving the MP4-12C the green light in the US.
Taking the stance of these dealers and given the penny-pinching a lot of Americans are doing these days when it comes to their next auto purchase, the feasibility of selling a supercar – and a six-figure McLaren at that – in the US just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
McLaren was supposed to bring the MP4-12C to Los Angeles for the L.A. Auto Show in December, but with the recent turn of events putting a cloud on the car’s future in the US, the UK-based company has decided to cancel its appearance in the event, giving further credence to the growing uncertainty of the MP4-12C’s future across the Atlantic.
All things considered, the car is still scheduled to make its arrival in the US sometime in the middle of 2010, although expectations should be tempered. For now, at least.
When it comes to rampaging exotic cars, Europeans have always been way ahead of its Atlantic neighbors. Take away the obvious reason that most of the world’s producer of super cars call Europe home; it seems that despite the vast automotive market America has to offer, not a lot of niche car brands have brought their rockets on wheels to the land of milk and honey. All of that, however, is about to change.
With the upcoming release of its latest supercar, the MP4-12C, McLaren is rolling out its new strategy on global distribution, and to the surprise of a lot of folks, one of the top destinations for the new super car is North America. The Woking-based super car outfit has decided to appoint regional managers in four key sectors where they figure to ship most of their MP4-12Cs: North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
As far as the North American region is considered, it’s widely expected that McLaren will set up its regional office in New York with Anthony Joseph – a man who’s no stranger to being a regional manager for a number of other car brands in the past, including Ferrari and Porsche – being tapped as its RM. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve dreamt of spotting a super duper car on local soil. And while there have been such occasions in the past, they still happen far too rarely for our own liking.
But now that McLaren is headed Stateside – and in Canada, too – we’re already salivating at the thought of seeing one in the flesh.
Press release after the jump.