New features of the revised car include a 25bhp increase from its twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 and “crisper throttle responses”

The McLaren MP4-12C has been comprehensively upgraded just a year after going on sale. New features include a 25bhp increase from its twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 to 616bhp, a recalibrated seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox, and a retuned ‘Intake Sound Generator’ (ISG) system that creates greater “aural drama” in the cabin, according to McLaren.

Many of the changes are the result of direct customer feedback, McLaren having sold just shy of 1000 MP4-12Cs. The upgrades will be fitted as standard on all new MP4-12Cs delivered from October, and most of the upgrades can also be fitted retrospectively to existing cars at McLaren dealerships for no cost.

The official 0-62mph time of 3.1sec from the previous car is unchanged, but the 0-124mph and 0-186mph times have been cut by 0.1sec to 8.8sec and by 1.0sec to 26.5sec respectively. Top speed is up 2mph, to 207mph.

The MP4-12C’s power upgrade has not come at the expense of CO2 emissions or fuel economy, which remain at 279g/km and 24.2mpg respectively.

This power upgrade is coupled with the changes to the ‘SSG’ transmission, which McLaren said has been revised to allow for “crisper throttle responses” and “improved clutch control for gear changes that are both faster and smoother”.

The ISG system plays noise from the engine bay directly into the MP4-12C’s cabin. Owners wanted greater variation in how loud the ISG played sound, particularly at low speeds, so the system is now fully adjustable in each of the MP4-12C’s three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Track.

A host of other electric upgrades are included in this revised MP4-12C. These include a system which automatically turns the car’s headlights on when it starts raining and a new mode for the climate control that gets the cabin much cooler more quickly, important in some of the MP4-12C’s key markets such as the Middle East, Asia and North America.

The ground clearance can also be raised by 40mm at the front and 25mm at the rear at speeds of up to 37mph. This feature can’t be retrofitted to existing cars, however.

Another new feature that can’t be retrofitted is a new door entry system. A small button is mounted on each of the MP4-12C’s doors in place of the touch sensor system, customers having asked for a simpler entry system. It is still possible to unlatch the doors using the remote key fob.

Existing owners are able to upgrade to a new function that returns the front seats to their last programmed position at the pull of a lever when they return to the car, the seats moving backwards upon exit to aid getting out.

Styling changes are almost non-existent, save for a revised badge. New colour and alloy wheel designs are available to new customers, as will a new top-spec semi-aniline leather interior. The interior sound system is also upgraded.

The revised MP4-12C is available to order now, priced from £176,000, up £7500 from the current car.

 

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7 June 2012

Can't wait for exterior revisions.

Peter Cavellini.

7 June 2012

I really wonder what type of customer McLaren are trying to attract.

Surely the vehicle is more than fast enough, why add more power? McLaren could instead address the glaring shortcomings highlighted when the model was first tested by the media, i.e. lack of communicative and progressive handling. 

And whats this about ISG? Its contrived and misguided. McLaren, how about including a sound system that creates the sound for us, it would be much, much better...(not). It seems  you are inspired by BMW, hardly impressive when you are purportedly taking on Ferrari. When spending £176k on a supercar, I don't want  its engine note to be enhanced by a hi fi and speakers, i (and im sure many others) would instead like to hear it for real, hence one of the many reasons why the 458 italia is outselling your fax machine.

7 June 2012

Well at least Mclaren can't be accused of not listening to customers, maybe the press will get properly finished cars to test this time. Shame no styling revisions but I guess a retool after just 1 yrs production is just too expensive to be cost effective.

7 June 2012

If McLaren have sold one thousand of these cars in the last year, then clearly the company is doing a lot that is right. Just building 1000 examples of this type of car, never mind selling them, is a fantastic achievement. To have done both without too much fanfare is truly incredible.

I don't suppose for a minute that drivers could discern an extra 26 horsepower, but no matter. It keeps the car in the news and provides an added sales incentive - a strategy that has never done Porsche any harm. Next year, I'm sure that we'll see a super lightweight version or similar.

Effectively Mclaren is the new Lotus - leaving the real Lotus now with not too many options...

7 June 2012

Although the extra power was unecessary, it is still an unexpected but welcome bonus. However, of greater importance are some of the changes that appear to the address the car's lack of soul, character and engagement which is found in spades in the Ferrari 458. I would say that these may well have catapulted the McLaren to the top of the tree, but there is no mention of steering or suspension adjustments to instill that final degree of driver involvment. So maybe the 458 still rules the roost.

Surprised these changes didn't result in a more unpassionate and dafter name, such as MP4-12C 616 ISG........

7 June 2012

Kudos to McLaren. Be humble. Listen to customers. Find out what they really want. Upgrade.

The responsiveness of these upgrades is surely a testimony to their experience in F1. It reminds me of the Japanese manufacturers. Cars like the GT-R get significant adjustments on an annual basis. I don't know anyone who would take a 2008 GT-R over a 2012 model.

And other commenters here are making assumptions that they know what McLaren customers want -- another Ferrari. Could it be that they already have a 458 (and another couple of hypercars) in their garage, and they are looking for something quite different from their McLaren. So I hope they keep on listening to their customers and making the best McLaren they can ... not a British Ferrari clone.

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8 June 2012

The super-MR2, the super-Evora, the Saleen S7 of the decade, the dullard - yes it is the generically styled McLaren MP4-12C. Technically impressive but aesthetically inept.

9 June 2012

Just stick a Ferrari badge on the front of this MP4-12C, and Bob's your uncle.

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