McLaren has announced it will be ending production of the 12C supercar.

The company says that in light of the success of its new model, the 650S, it has ended production of the standard 12C. An official statement says the move "represents a natural evolution of our model line-up." Around 3500 units of the 12C have been sold since its launch in 2011. Following the launch of the 650S, the 12C was priced at £176,000.

Current 12C owners are being offered a free technology upgrade from June, retro-fitting new elements like Active Aero software, a drag reduction system mode which lowers the car's rear wing, and improvements to the 12C's Android-based infotainment system. As well as the free upgrade, two new options to fit a reversing camera and a DAB radio are also being offered at a cost.

McLaren says it already has six months' worth of orders for the 650S, which made its world debut at the Geneva motor show earlier this year in both coupé and Spider forms. 

The 650S blends the 12C with elements from the firm's new P1 hypercar. Using McLaren's turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine, the 650S gets 641bhp and 500lb ft of torque. That's enough to give the 650S a 0-62mph sprint time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 207mph.