If you’ve been holding your breath waiting for the successor to McLaren’s legendary F1 supercar, go ahead and breathe. Production of the MP4-12C has begun, and McLaren estimates that they’ll produce 1,000 units this year. At a starting price of $229,000, that could be enough to meet initial customer demand, but McLaren plans to ramp up production of the MP4-12C next year. The first cars will be built in McLaren’s current Technology Center (MTC), with production switching over to McLaren’s new Production Center (MPC) in May of 2011. Both facilities are located at McLaren’s headquarters in Woking, Surrey, UK.
The MP4-12C will utilize a carbon fiber composite chassis to minimize weight, and will get power from a mid-mounted 3.8 liter V8 good for 592 horsepower and 443 ft lb of torque. With a curb weight of less than 2,900 pounds, McLaren claims the MP4-12C will sprint from zero to 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph) in under ten seconds, on its way to a top speed of “over 200” miles per hour. Unlike McLaren’s F1 supercar, which received power from a 6.1 liter, normally aspirated BMW V12, the MP4-12C gets a twin-turbo V8 designed and built in house. As much as I’d love to give you a RideLust Review on this car, I suspect we won’t see any hit the Miami press fleet. If you’re one of the lucky 1,000 to get the first production cars, and you want to see yours featured here, just hit me up and I promise to give a thorough (and unbiased) evaluation.
Source: Left Lane News