Firm reports expressions of interest high enough to cover two years of production
12 July 2010

McLaren has had more than 2700 firm expressions of interests from people interested in buying its new MP-12C.

The initial expressions of interests, if converted into sales, are enough to account for at least two years of MP4-12C production.

See the McLaren MP4-12C in action at Goodwood

The MP4-12C was first seen in public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this month and it proved to be a hit with showgoers, as well as prospective customers.

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.

McLaren will follow up the MP4-12C with an all-new F1 in 2012, as well as a smaller, entry-level supercar.

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12 July 2010

Make that 2701. I only need another £150,000.

12 July 2010

i d rather have a Merc SLS or Ferrari Italia

12 July 2010

Some good motoring news for the UK, well done McLaren. With the first years allocation sold this is great news going forward for the company.

12 July 2010

Great new for McLaren. Proof that the company is more than capable of beating Mercedes and Ferrari at the supercar game. Their original F1 was the ultimate statement. BTW, as much as I would like to like the gullwing SLS, it is a bit ugly (esp around the headlights and nose). The long time McLaren Formula One fan in me would stick with the McLaren MP-12C, even if it doesn't quite have the lovely Ferrari looks of the Italia. Good on you Ron Dennis and McLaren!

12 July 2010

See, what have I been telling you lot?

My two bugbears are this:

  1. No manual gearbox option - only flappy-paddle. Is it a single-clutch thing, a twin-clutch DSG-type thing, or just an automated manual?
  2. Flat-plane crank V8 - I don't particularly like the sound, and only 442 ft lbs compared to 592bhp really isn't that impressive. AMG have proved you can have an old-fashioned torquey rumbly cross-plane crank V8 AND revs - why can't the Macca do the same?
Mind you, I appreciate that, unlike Ferrari, this isn't a performance car-maker doing F1, this is an F1 team doing road cars. The two have to be relevant to each other - the carbon tub construction of the MP4-sillyname reflects this. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned... for the money, I'd buy a Jaguar XKR and spend the change on tuning it up. OK, so it would be heavier, and wouldn't handle like the McLaren, but still...

12 July 2010

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i d rather have a Merc SLS or Ferrari Italia

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[quote mx5xm]even if it doesn't quite have the lovely Ferrari looks of the Italia[/quote]

The problem being that the 458 Italia is uglier than a cancerous tumour...

12 July 2010

Super performance -> Yes

Supercar -> No chance

Too dull and unimaginative, if you want an understated fast car, get a Golf GTi.

458 Italia is just so superior to this borefest, which looks like bastard lovechild of a Halford's employee and an MK2 MR2. McLaren missed the boat BIGTIME.

12 July 2010

The MP4-12C is a handsome car.

The 458 looks like a squashed Grey alien that's been slashed.

If I had that amount of money I would prefer the McLaren over the Ferrari everytime.

However I would try and get hold of a 911 GT2 RS - that car is bonkers!

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I'm The Ωmega Man, always talking to myself

12 July 2010

'The fastest car money can buy'...? Ron...careful now, that's not strictly true.

Something about it doesn't do it for me...maybe the sound - it seems a little un-exciting next to some other supercars.

12 July 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]

  • No manual gearbox option - only flappy-paddle. Is it a single-clutch thing, a twin-clutch DSG-type thing, or just an automated manual?
  • Flat-plane crank V8 - I don't particularly like the sound, and only 442 ft lbs compared to 592bhp really isn't that impressive. AMG have proved you can have an old-fashioned torquey rumbly cross-plane crank V8 AND revs - why can't the Macca do the same?
  • [/quote]

    The gearbox will be an all new seamless shift box, with zero torque interuption between gearchanges.

    The engine is not really comparable to the huge merc V8, it might lack torque, but then remember power is only torque x rpm, but it is a hugely superior design. It will be much, much lighter than the merc engine with a lower centre of gravity, that will give it a real world performance advantage.

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