McLaren's new MP4-12C supercar will cost from £168,500, just over £1000 cheaper than the Ferrari 458

McLaren's new MP4-12C supercar will cost from £168,500 when sales start next year, the company has confirmed.

That means it will cost just over £1000 less than its chief rival, the Ferrari 458 Italia, which starts at £169,545. The price for the McLaren includes VAT at the new-for-2011 rate of 20 per cent but excludes the £55 first registration fee and £950 road fund licence. The Ferrari's price does include the two, but its price includes VAT at 17.5 per cent.

So when the pair on on sale at the same time next year, the McLaren is likely to be around £3000 cheaper than the 458 when its price takes into account the 2.5 per cent rise in VAT on 1 January.

See the official pics of the new McLaren MP4-12C

Company boss Ron Dennis has previously pledged that buyers will not only get the fastest car money can buy with the MP4-12C, but also the highest build quality and highest level of dealer and aftersales support from any car manufacturer.

The MP4’s Ricardo-developed, twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre 90-degree V8 engine will rev to 8500rpm, with its maximum 592bhp output arriving at 7000rpm. The peak 442lb ft of torque is available from 3000rpm, although 80 per cent is available between 2000-6500rpm.

McLaren says the car will travel from 0-124mph in less than 10 seconds, and stop from 124mph in less than five seconds.Read the full story on the new McLaren MP4-12C

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24 November 2010

The car is looking dated already, and it's still not on sale yet !

24 November 2010

[quote pabs]

The car is looking dated already, and it's still not on sale yet !

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I disagree. I would not say it is looking dated, but it definitely does lack the visual drama of say Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston DBS etc. Those Halfordesque alloys don't help the McLaren at all, in my opinion.

24 November 2010

Although it does not really matter for those with the means to buy this car (they can just award themselves a bonus, pay rise or raid their employee's pension funds) the fact that most things are standard on this car is a good thing. If you want optional carbon fibre pen box lid and so on it is optional, but most of the good stuff is standard.

Unlike the 458 where paint, seats, wheels, steering wheel, rev counter, badges, carpets, roof, body panels and the engine are all options.

Average out the door price of a 458 is something like £200k ... so £40k for things that should be standard.

I am sure that most buyers of the Macca will go for the carbon fibre paint, glass, wheel, plastic and pen lid box ... but even so the car will still be about £20k cheaper than the Ferrari.

Although as I said in the first paragraph, the price does not really matter. I am looking forward to the twin test though!

24 November 2010

[quote pabs]

The car is looking dated already, and it's still not on sale yet !

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I saw one the other day on the motoway and it looked unbelievable....you have no idea how amazing it looks in real...way better than any 458 I've seen.

24 November 2010

Already dated and boring....no where near the original F1, i dont care if its got 592 BHP... a standard AMG power is close to that figure...the whole point of a supercar is the drama and the flair....this have non...and i bet the engine sound is just as boring.....give me a 458 italia anytime....even it it cought fire!!!!!!!

24 November 2010

Selection of McLaren MP4-12C options...

Carbon fibre door mirror casings £2,130, sports exhaust £4,040, ceramic brakes £9,770, front and rear parking sensors £1,530, IRIS Upgrade with sat nav & Meridian sound system £5,100.

At this price point it matters not one jot that it's slightly cheaper than a 458 but it still has it's fair share of pricey options and things that should be standard. No standard parking sensors takes the p1ss...


24 November 2010

The 458 doesn't have rareity factor though?! In a few years (even a year) it is just going to be another boring ferrari that is so ubiquitous, driven by muppets....now telling someone you drive a Mclaren is a different story....

24 November 2010

[quote carnut]the whole point of a supercar is the drama and the flair[/quote] Maybe not the whole point, but much of it. Shame it looks like a personality free zone (a reflection of Ron, perhaps?) as it's probably going to be an amazing bit of kit. Unfortunately it looks like something a mildly talented 13 year old would draw if you asked for a picture of a supercar.

24 November 2010

[quote Martini58]

The 458 doesn't have rareity factor though?! In a few years (even a year) it is just going to be another boring ferrari that is so ubiquitous, driven by muppets....now telling someone you drive a Mclaren is a different story....

[/quote] Congratulations, you've just won the Daft Post Of The Week award!

24 November 2010

On paper and technically the McLaren will be brilliant and may well set many new standards on paper and statistically. But will all this result in a car that is blindlingly quick but clinical and soulness, with no feel or driver involvement at all? I suspect so and when you look at why the car is called MP4-12C, it sort of sums up what this car will be like and what McLaren's approach to a road car is like.

And let us not forget that the Ferrari 458 is also technically brilliant, but it has the soul, feel and sensation which successfully masks all the gubbins. It feels like a car rather than a tool. I hope i'm wrong with the McLaren, but i have my doubts.

It looks like Lotus may be the only one who has the potential to combine the best of the 458 and MP4-12C with the new Esprit.

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