Over the past few weeks McLaren Automotive granted us access to a McLaren MP4-12C for a series of event visits. First up was the Spa 24 Hours where McLaren Racing participated with a large number of cars. During the event we provided professional photographer Dennis Noten with the chance to exclusively photograph our red 2012 McLaren MP4-12C. The result is visible in the gallery below!
Just to recap on the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C. It has a 3.8 liter V8 bi-turbo aluminum with variable valve timing and 600hp. The maximum torque is 600Nm between 3,000-7,000rpm. With only 1,336kg its lightness makes it stand out against the competition, such as the Ferrari 458 Italia. A sprint from 0 to 100km/h is completed in just 3.3 seconds and 200km/h takes just 9.1 seconds from zero. The top speed is 330km/h.
The new 2013 model series of the MP4-12C gets power increases of 25hp up to 625hp with a revised calibration for the seven-speed SSG transmission. Engine noise inside the cabin is now programmable through the unique Intake Sound Generator with three different settings. The headlights are now linked to the rain sensors when in automatic mode and an easy-exit electric seat with a memory function. Finally, a new Meridian audio equaliser setting is available too.
New cars will get a button for entry instead of the touch panel in the earlier cars with the key fob entry retained. Vehicle Lift will be available as an option on 2013 model year vehicles with lift of 40mm at the front and 25mm at the rear. An ‘AUTO LO’ function will be added to new cars allowing the desired cabin temperature to be reached in the quietest way possible. Finally, a wider variety of paint, leather and wheel options will be added to the options list.
Special thanks to McLaren Automotive providing us with a personal ride!