The McLaren MP4-12C, the first in a range of high-performance sports cars from McLaren Automotive, goes on sale in the UK and Europe in spring 2011 at a groundbreaking price for a carbon chassis-based car. At £168,500 in the UK, and from €200,000 in the EU, it will be the only car in its competitor set to:
- offer a carbon chassis (the MonoCell)
- be conceived, designed and developed within a Formula 1 factory
- offer the heady combination of 600PS, from a 3.8-litre engine producing less than 300g/km CO2 in a car with a dry weight of around 1300kgs
The McLaren MP4-12C's MonoCell introduces genuine innovation to the automotive industry and new performance standards below £200,000. It is 'pure' McLaren, with all parts, from engine to switchgear, designed by McLaren.
McLaren MP4-12C UK and European Prices
The McLaren MP4-12C can be specified with a wide range of personalisation options, pricing for which will be confirmed at launch. There are 17 high-grade exterior paint finishes, including 'McLaren Orange' - a solid hue that was made famous by the McLaren racing cars of the 1960s and '70s.
A choice of 14 interior trims can be specified inside the cabin. Performance upgrades include a sports exhaust system, carbon ceramic brake discs, polished-finish callipers and two lightweight forged wheel options. The 'standard' McLaren MP4-12C features just one piece of carbon - the MonoCell - but carbon fibre options will include mirror casings, engine bay panels and engine cover.
The McLaren MP4-12C is the first 'pure McLaren' road car, with every one of its components designed specifically for the McLaren MP4-12C. No compromise has been taken in developing the McLaren MP4-12C. An intelligent design philosophy means performance is delivered in abundance, but not at the expense of efficiency: nearly 600 hp at less than 300 g/km CO2 are unprecedented statistics. The MonoCell also contributes to a spacious driver-focused interior that defies the McLaren MP4-12C's compact exterior dimensions.
Designed, engineered, developed and manufactured by a team featuring extensive experience in McLaren's racing successes, up to 1,000 McLaren MP4-12Cs will be built in the car's first full year. A £40m manufacturing plant, the McLaren Production Centre (MPC), is currently under construction on a site adjacent to the MTC and will be fully operational by the middle of 2011. The future range of around 4,000 high-performance McLaren sports cars will all be built annually at MPC.
An initial network of 35 retailers with a passion for McLaren's plans, and a reputation for excellent customer service, will be appointed to represent McLaren across 19 countries worldwide. In the UK, McLaren will be represented initially in Birmingham, London, and Manchester.Published 24 November 2010