Tuesday, June 12, 2012

McLaren Announces More Powerful MP4-12C, Offers Free Power Upgrade to Existing Owners

2013 McLaren MP4-12C
copyright & courtesy of McLaren Automotive Limited

It seems McLaren Automotive has tweaked its 12C to get 616 hp out of its turbocharged V8 for the 2013 model, thanks to changes to the engine and drivetrain. They’ve thrown in their Innovative Intake Sound Generator, letting the driver pick which of three levels of engine noise can be heard in the cockpit. And while they’re at it, they’ve added more choices of paint, leather and wheels for those lucky enough to be able to afford one. Prices will start at $239,400 US, not including options, handling, licensing, taxes, et cetera, so you’re probably looking at over a quarter of a million, or the price of an entry level Rolls-Royce. I know which one I’d rather have.

Already own an MP4-12C? Not to worry. McLaren 12C owners will be offered upgrades. The extra power upgrade will be no cost. Pretty decent.

What does the extra power do? Assuming the car is equipped with the optional Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, the 2013 12C, like the 2012, will do 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds. Where the 2012 will do 0-124 mph in 8.9 seconds, the 2013 will do it in 8.8 seconds. Zero to 186 mph? The 2012 can do it in 27.5 seconds, while the 2013 takes a mere 26.5. It’s a tenth of a second faster on a quarter-mile (10.6 seconds) and has a top speed of 207 mph. Despite that, it is street legal.

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