McLaren has officialy launched its new supercar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
2 July 2010

McLaren has given its MP4-12C its world public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The new V8 supercar has taken part in Friday morning's first supercar run at the Festival and will be driven by both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton throughout the weekend.

See the pics of the McLaren MP4 in action at Goodwood

The MP4 is now entering its final stages of development - having completed more than one million test miles on five continents - and building work is underway at the McLaren Production Centre where the car will be built from early 2011, although initial production will commence at the McLaren Technology Centre later this year.

The MP4 has been given a target price of less than £175,000, and company boss Ron Dennis has pledged that buyers will not only get the fastest car money can buy, 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 ten seconds, and stop from 124mph in less than five seconds. It will stop from 100mph in 30 metres - or seven car lengths.

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2 July 2010

Blimey – that 100mph-0 baking performance is extraordinary. Hardly seems possible. The Ferrari 458 Italia is better-looking though. Sheer beauty.

2 July 2010

I like the McLaren a lot, it just looks like a sports car in a nice understated way, a car you could drive everyday yet will destroy almost anything else on the road. The Ferrari is nice but the styling is still fiddly in places. The McLaren appeals to people who don't want to be a "Ferrari driver".

2 July 2010

McLaren need this car to be nothing but the best because the SLR was such a failure by their standards and the MP4-12C needs to blow away the SLS to prove a point about how it should be done.

2 July 2010

[quote FriendlyFisherman]The McLaren appeals to people who don't want to be a "Ferrari driver".[/quote] And this is the reason why Ferrari are not worried about the McLaren.... The amount of people who want a Ferrari just because it's a Ferrari is almost unbeatable! It's going to be an amazing car to drive I am sure but as Ron Dennis said they are not planning to "steal" sales from Ferrari but from Aston, Porsche, Lamborghini and Audi R8 instead.....He knows it will take many years to build the brand outside of the UK especially.

2 July 2010

Not too sure it's the fastest money can buy,0-124 in

less than 10sec,very good,but the M600 can do 0-120

in 8.9sec,and as for the Veyron,who knows?

I look forward to an Autocar Road Test to see how fast

it will go.

2 July 2010

I think you'll find he meant the quickest from 124-0 not the other way around as you stated!

2 July 2010

Adam the Great;

I don't think so,they said it will do 0-124 in under 10sec

and stop from 124 to O in under 5sec..

We shall see when we read the road test.

2 July 2010

[quote kdwilcox]

The M600 can do 0-120

in 8.9sec,and as for the Veyron,who knows?

[/quote]

The Veyron was figured at 7.3sec to 124mph.

Italia is so much better looking than this modern day MR2.

McLaren MP4-12C: 3.8 Twin Turbo 592bhp 442lbft

Porsche 911 GT2RS: 3.6 Twin Turbo 612bhp 516lbft

McLaren is easily out-punched by the Porsche which uses a smaller engine. Fastest car money can buy? Hahaha, Dennis is always good for a laugh, McLaren are not up to scratch and they talk a good fight but can't deliver, I think we've all agreed on that.

2 July 2010

[quote Redline 8000]Blimey – that 100mph-0 baking performance is extraordinary. Hardly seems possible.[/quote] You're right. According to my schoolboy arithmetic, that represents about 4gs deceleartion, which would only be possible with massive downforce. But the stop from 124mph in 0 in five seconds, which represents about 1.2gs and a stopping distance of about 150 metres, should be possible on a grippy surface. I look forward to Autocar verifying these figures in the not too distant future!

2 July 2010

[quote Woigookin]

McLaren MP4-12C: 3.8 Twin Turbo 592bhp 442lbft

Porsche 911 GT2RS: 3.6 Twin Turbo 612bhp 516lbft

McLaren is easily out-punched by the Porsche which uses a smaller engine.

[/quote]

We don't know if the Porsche out-punches the McLaren, because they haven't been tested against each other, so not sure what you're droning on about. And, there's not a huge amount of difference in the power and torque figures (and it's at what rpm peak power and torque are delivered that matters) you quote though.

At this level, weight, driver ability and traction will be the deciding factors, rather than your simplistic Top-Trump statistics.

The Porsche weighs 1397 kg (Porsche website). Although McLaren haven't quoted weights yet, everything I've read so far suggests a sub-1300 kg weight for the MP4. If this is correct, then the Porsche will in effect be carrying a passenger when it's finally tested against the McLaren.

Should be interesting.

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