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.
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.