McLaren Launches New Line of Products Inspired by the MP4-12C
Just before Christmas, the British carmaker released a new line inspired by its MP4-12C sports car seriesthat includes a variety of accessories, clothing and luggage with a price to match its name…
Before you begin to make your dream list, we’ll give a few examples of what you can and cannot afford to buy from McLaren’s MP4-12C catalogue.
One of the more affordable items found on the web-store is the men’s polo t-shirt which is set at £149 (equal to US$242 or €183).
The cool looking three-piece luggage set that is tailor made to fit in the compartment of the MP4-12C costs £3,950 (US$6,400 or €4,850), while the TAG Heuer MP4-12C Watch is listed at a paltry £8,950 (US$14,500 or €11,000).
The 12C Spider features a standard, heated glass rear window, which can be operated independently of the roof and provides a more direct access to the sounds of the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine mounted directly behind the cabin.
In order to save weight, McLaren avoided the fitment of “Active” pop up roll bars and instead used a steel structure positioned within each of the rear buttresses to absorb any impact and protect occupants in the event of a roll over.
Wrapping up the changes over the coupe, the Spider is offered with two specially designed bags that fit in the 52-liter storage space behind the seats, while the audio and climate systems adapt when the roof is lowered down.
The Spider is powered by the same 616hp (625PS) 3.8-litre V8 twin turbocharged engine connected to a 7-Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels asthe updated 2013MY coupe.
The open top model weighs only 88 pounds (40 kg) more than its fixed-roof sibling and is capable of completing the standard zero to 100km/h (62mph) sprint in 3.1 seconds (same as the coupe, though it’s 0.2 seconds slower in the 0-160km/h – 100mph sprint) en route to a top speed of 209mph (329km/h).
In the UK, prices start at £195,500 or £19,500 more than the coupe, with first deliveries expected in November, while in the States, the Spider has an MSRP of $265,750.
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Named the McLaren X-1, the supercar will make its world premiere at an exclusive event later on Friday at the Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, California.
The X-1 was built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), which is the division of McLaren Automotive responsible for the delivery of bespoke projects.
One of the most difficult aspects of the design was to implement styling cues and proportions from classic models with front engines on a vehicle platform with a mid-engine layout. This probably explains why the styling process took 18 months to complete.
According to designer Hong Yeo, “[The] X-1 embodies the McLaren value that every part has to have a purpose. No details are simply visual cues, every one has a purpose. Although I like to think the wide body combined with pontoon style rear fenders will ensure the car glides when it’s moving just like a superhero’s cape…”
The building process started before the styling was signed off and was completed in two and a half years. The X-1 measures 4,658mm long and 2,097mm (with mirrors) wide making it 109mm longer and 188mm wider than the MP4-12C with which it shares the same height at 1,199mm.
The lighter and more exclusive carbon fiber body panels compensate for the increased exterior dimensions and as a result, curb weight is almost identical at around 1,400kg or 3,086 lbs.
Inside, while the basic architecture of the MP4-12C’s interior did not change, the cabin was personalized in terms of the materials, colors and trims.
Under the sheetmetal, the X-1 shares the same the major mechanical components as the 12C, including the twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 616hp (625PS).
McLaren said that after its debut in Monterey, the X-1 will return to MSO headquarters in Woking for a thorough check up before it heads over to the owner’s private collection.
The one-off 12C Can-Am Edition is the work of McLaren GT, which is the new racecar manufacturing arm of the McLaren Group.
The track-focused model is based on the 12C GT3 racecar and is finished in the firm’s traditional orange hue as a tribute to the cars of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme from the 1960s and 1970s and is contrasted by satin black and carbon fiber details.
McLaren engineers weren’t required to abide to the regular racing regulations so they were able to revise the MP4-12C’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that gains a unique ECU calibration and optimized cooling system, allowing for a power output of up to 630hp. According to McLaren, the car weighs only 1,200kg (2645.5 lbs).
Other notable upgrades include the race-spec braking system that sits behind the new black satin-finished forged alloy wheels,wrapped around in Pirelli racing slick tires.
The stripped out interior of the 12C Can-Am Edition is finished in race-specification and comes with two body hugging seats complete with six-point harnesses, a full roll cage and a new removable steering wheel with the shape and grip said to be derived from that of Lewis Hamilton’s MP4-24 Formula 1 car.
McLaren says the car also features an integrated air conditioning system as it is mandatory now in a growing number of race series.
2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider: The Official Launch Film
The stunning new 12C Spider adds the thrill of open top driving to a package of Formula 1-inspired technology that already delivers scintillating performance in the original 12C.
Shot using cinema-quality RED camera technology, this film begins with a 12C Spider finished in glorious Volcano Red in high speed action on track, before it traverses the winding mountain roads of Andalucía in Southern Spain. The exciting sequence underlines the 12C Spider’s position as a luxury convertible sports car offering a spectacular combination of performance and usability.