Company officials confirm the 616bhp 12C will no longer be sold, due to the success of McLaren's new 650S supercar

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. 

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4 April 2014
what a shame Instant classic status I think.

4 April 2014
Pistachio wrote:
what a shame Instant classic status I think.
Instant depreciation, more like.

4 April 2014
Glass half empty today?

4 April 2014
I guess this was to be expected when sales of the 650S really took off. Great to see they are still offering the free upgrades to the 12C though, that's a quality service.

4 April 2014
Good that the 12C was, it has clearly fallen victim to the sheer pace of McLarens rampant innovation and evolution in the field of building sports cars. Sounds like sales patter that, but it's the truth.

4 April 2014
What I love is that McLaren aren't dumping on their previous customers but offering them newly developed upgrades. The MP4-12C is impressive for one thing - it arrived on scene and was instantly competitive with the establishment. And in a typical understated British way. Even better in some respects and if you don't believe me watch the Clarkson Powered Up disc. Then there's the P1, and what an amazing car that is!

4 April 2014
Have McLaren settled on a single naming convention for their models? They dropped the MP4 from the 12C, then brought out the P1, but where does the 650S fit in? It makes sense to drop the 12C nomeclature, but as the 650S becomes the main model will the name change?

"Will accept donation of a Carrera GT, EB110 SS or McLaren F1...oh yeah or a Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder"

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4 April 2014
Marv wrote:
Have McLaren settled on a single naming convention for their models? They dropped the MP4 from the 12C, then brought out the P1, but where does the 650S fit in? It makes sense to drop the 12C nomeclature, but as the 650S becomes the main model will the name change?
Why should it change. McLaren's nomenclature is no better or worse than ferrari's random number generator policy, in that the logic behind each designation is sound, yet often unrelated to other models or predecessors in the range.

4 April 2014
...but I remember Ron Dennis saying that each model would have a similar or related name. Ferrari generally number their cars after the engine size and cylinder count, capacity of a single cylinder, person or place (yeah, that is quite random isn't it?). Looking at the photo's of the 12C and 650S back to show's how much more desirable the they have made it. Good work McLaren.

"Will accept donation of a Carrera GT, EB110 SS or McLaren F1...oh yeah or a Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder"

5 April 2014
Marv wrote:
Have McLaren settled on a single naming convention for their models? They dropped the MP4 from the 12C, then brought out the P1, but where does the 650S fit in? It makes sense to drop the 12C nomeclature, but as the 650S becomes the main model will the name change?
Have Porsche settled on a single naming convention for their models? They dropped the356, 912, 914, 924 and 928 three digits, kept 911 and now seem to have names from obscure languages,(Macan),condiments,(Cayenne),or made up,(Boxster, Panamera ). Have Ferrari settled on a single naming convention for their models? They used to have names , then they had three digits related to displacement per cylinder, (288,365), or number of cylinders, (612), or valves, (355) or displacement & cylinder number,(206,246,308,328,512) , then names after previous family members,(Dino,Enzo), or the company itself,( LaFerrari),or the number of years the company has been here,(F40,F50) or homologation,(GTO) or an important market,(California, America) or... Have Mercedes Benz or BMW settled on a single naming convention? They used to have ones based on engine capacity, now they have some sort of random numbering. Audi have settled on paper sizes, (A1,A2, A3, A4 etc). With all these other precedents, especially Ferrari and Porsche can we cut McLaren some slack while they decide their nomenclature? They're just getting started.

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