McLaren MP4-12C Spider

I for one find the MP4-12C to be a beautiful machine and McLaren has been working at it modifying and improving the machine since the launch of their first machine. Now after a few other versions they have come up with MP4-12C Spider and I love the way this machine looks.

Just like the hardtop version this lovely machine is capable of reaching the 62mph mark in a jaw-dropping 3.1 seconds. The Spider sports a 616-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine rumbling beneath, pushing this one to a top speed of 204 mph, a little lesser than the coupe.

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Bugatti Veyron vs Lamborghini Aventador vs Lexus LFA vs McLaren MP4-12C

This is just a ridiculous race that just has to be seen, I for one am not a fan of Bugatti Veyron. As for the other machine, I’m much more of a fan of the other cars. There were a few surprises for me during this drag race, but it isn’t always about the straight line, some of these machines perform very differently on the track.

McLaren Unvieled in Kuwait

For the first time my eyes feast on a machine such as this, born from pure precision and art. I knew this was going to be a beautiful machine but I wasn’t expecting it to be this beautiful. The lines on the MP4-12C just flow perfectly and the doors open smoothly, there are no key holes or handles, only a sensor just under the door panel that senses your hand and opens up. The interior of the car is extremely comfortable for a race bred machine, and the all digital instrument panel looked amazing. I didn’t have a chance to start up the car but it felt very comfortable sitting inside.

The car will be selling in Kuwait starting at 62’000 KD up to 85’000 KD depending on the options, and it has a lot of options. The silver one looked amazing, I’m assuming the other colors look just as good. Only 1000 of them will be made and 16 have been allotted to Kuwait and half already sold before this show, I’m assuming all will be sold in the coming weeks. Delivery is expected to take place any time between June and August of 2011 for the lucky owners. Its a beautiful and unique machine, McLaren have perfected the formula of the supercar.

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McLaren Dealerships

After splitting from Mercedes it was clear that McLaren were launching their own car, and I have been posting about the MP4-12C constantly. Now the interesting part is the steps they are taking, no company has had the same stepping stone as they did. They have a long line of people waiting to buy the car, a lot of money to initially work with, a very successful racing history, and they are on top right now. Everyone wants a piece of the pie, and a large piece of that pie is coming to the Middle East as any car manufacturer knows there are a lot of car aficionados who are willing to pay a pretty penny for their car.

Dealership Breakdown:

  • Europe: Birmingham, London, Manchester; Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich; Brussels; Monaco, Paris; Milan; Barcelona/Madrid; Zurich
  • North America: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tampa; Toronto
  • Middle-East / South Africa: Manama; Doha; Jeddah, Riyadh; Dubai, Abu Dhabi; Kuwait; Johannesburg
  • Asia-Pacific: Hong Kong; Singapore; Sydney; Tokyo

What I find interesting is their concentration in the Middle East, 2 in Saudi and 2 in UAE. So 20% of the 35 dealerships which are planned to be opened are in the Middle East. I’m not sure who is going to be the dealer in Kuwait but I do know that Mercedes in Kuwait is one of the perspective dealerships, I’m curious who else bid for it in Kuwait, I just hope that Zianni doesn’t get it because they have the worst service period.

Link: Autoblog

McLaren MP4-12C – The Stats

All the details of the MP4-12C were kept under wraps, we just knew it was a 600 bhp engine, no price or performance information. Now indications point that this machine will be priced between $200’000-$230’000. Now for the juicy details about its performance, no numbers have been released but main approximations are out and its scary. 0-60 mph in under three seconds with while using the launch control feature with the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. And 0 to 124 mph in under “10 seconds” which is insane, this machine is no joke.

Now for the comparison between this machine and other similar beasts, the 2010 Prosche 911 Turbo hits 60 in 3.2 seconds, Corvette ZR1 in 3.5 seconds, Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560-4 in 3.4 seconds, Nissan GT-R in 3.4 seconds and teh Ferrari 458 Italia in 3.3 seconds. Looks like there is a new fighter for the top contender and they are going for the title, what a mchine.

Link: Autoblog

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