• Mar 19, 2010
McLaren MP4-12C – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you read our deep dive on the McLaren MP4-12C, you're thoroughly up to speed on the automaker's latest foray into supercardom. However, something was missing. McLaren hadn't provided the rudimentary performance figures to keep bench racers and keyboard jockeys frothing at the mouth. Until today.

According to recent reports the MP4-12C is able to crack the 60 mph mark in "under three seconds" when utilizing the launch control feature on its seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Partnered with its 2,870 curb weight (there's still some debate if that's "dry" or fully loaded with fluids) and 600 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, the more telling stat is its 0-124 mph time of "under 10 seconds."

For those of you keeping track at home, the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo hits 60 in 3.2 seconds, the Corvette ZR1 breaks the mark at 3.5 seconds, with the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and Ferrari 458 Italia coming in at 3.4 and 3.3 seconds respectively – not to mention the Nissan GT-R's 3.5-second run. So, is Maranello losing sleep tonight? Not likely. But there's officially a new player in the supercar set, and we can't wait to get our grubby paws on it.




[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This car doesn't have the same allure it once had with regard to styling. With the designs coming from Lexus and upcoming Ferrari designs, the McLaren MP4-12C design is awfully conservative.

      The front looks like a modified Modena with an open-mouthed Hyundai Genesis mouth/grille. The side looks like a Saleen S7 and the rear (the best part) looks like a modified DB9 rear. (From my unprofessional car opinion)

      I personally thought it would be more aggressive. I do want to see the real world performance. One of the things I loved so much about the McClaren was that it had a unique design with unparalleled performance. But of course, I want to see the stig drive this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Amazing Woking factory photos. Such history there! The Mk8 blows me away.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We need to get some high res pictures of this beast in something other than atomic orange. So tasty but I would lust even more if it were in blue...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ catchmyshadow , the 911 turbo has 100NM more torque and a lot more traction due to the rear engine and AWD. also Porsches are always faster than on paper. i'm sure the MP4 is faster beyond 60 , when horsepower counts more than torque.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They have experience cutting weight.

        The McLaren F1 was on a singular mission to not leave a stray ounce that didn't need to be there.

        It may be a dry weight, but even then it is pretty good. But I don't think it is out of the realm of possibility that it is a loaded weight.

        Keep in mind, this car doesn't shuttle coolant to the front of the car and back. The radiators are in the rear, with the engine. It is fairly certainly dry-sump, so doesnt' carry more than the safely necessary load of engine oil. We don't know the fuel capacity.

        The interior panels are modestly sized. The car is not a big car. The exhaust system in the exposed pictures looks quite simple, and relatively light, as well.

        The cayman and boxster come in under 3000lbs... and there is either a convertible top, or a fully upholstered cargo area, and full equipment.

        It is a possibility.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They need Gunmetal... Finish it of with satin black mesh wheels, polished lip, and red brake calipers.

        That would be perfection
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd describe the colour as "pumpkin" myself lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        the orange car in this picture is what I am talking about....


        http://www.topgear.com/UK/photos/mclaren-mp4-12c-images?imageNo=11


        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, blue would look really sweet on this car. Matte black looks awesome as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        McLaren's are always orange...McLaren Orange...from the CanAm days.
        • 4 Years Ago
        orange was mclarens color, but not that orange.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Either R&T or C&D clocked the new 997 Turbo with PDK gearbox at 2.9 0-60.
        • 4 Years Ago
        not sure what that comment was about, MutantChimp...

        But the BMW involvement with the F1 was the engine only, not the chassis, you are right about that.

        The V12 in the F1 was a BMW motorsport engine, more than a street-based 8-series engine. It was much lighter, much free-er revving, and didn't even have a traditional flywheel.

        The F1's engine cost more than an entire 8-series car's retail price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As far as I know, BMW had nothing to do with the development of the chassis of the F1, which is really what separated the F1 from everything else.. including a modified 850

      dave.knapp
      • 2 Years Ago
      MP4-12C a plastic ......for super lawyers and ball bouncing monkey..... and since it will be "made in England" the Brits will **** it up........ with it's Nissan V8.........Yawn.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I found ti odd they left out the LFA stats. It has more then enough performance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        but not compared to the serious sportscars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man. That is one seriously beautiful car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very Nice and good fill i like this
      • 4 Years Ago
      . . . it doesn't look mean enough!
      • 4 Years Ago
      0-60 times are for people who know NOTHING about cars.
      A combination of 1/4 mile ET and mph offers a better snapshot of a cars performance.
      A comparative of 0-124mph the cars you listed would have been nice.


      A GTR and a ZR1 MAY share 0-60, but after 60mph, the GTR is left for dead.

      • 4 Years Ago
      "So, is Maranello losing sleep tonight?"

      Lmao, come on guy. Maranello's not going to give a rat's rear about JUST naught to sixty. They are, I'm certain, quite concerned about the track potential of this car, that's what Maranello cares about, and anyone who actually drives these things like they were meant to be driven.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zamafir: you questioned (pretty clearly) that Maranello might lose their sleep, stop dodging
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Yaroukh , i said nothing about the article , i was talking about Zamafir's comment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, I think you're wrong. They're very, very concerned about how this will affect their 458 sales. The economic situation means sales and margin at Ferrari are far tighter than they'd planned. The 599 is actually not selling at all now, causing some dealers to grow vocal. The worry is that while the 458 orders are doing well now, the McLaren will take incremental sales from what is Ferrari's bread-and-butter product line.

        Ultimately, even making super cars is a business. Competition for sales, even incrementally, always costs these guys sleep.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zamafir is right , it's not the 0-60 times alone that worries Maranello , it's the whole package.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mclaren=Twinturbo... Ferrari no forced induction needed to achieve excellent performance marks. Different animals. Ferrari now is working in a F40 succesor, but not all ferraristas are turbo fans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @sparrk: Wrong. The article does not state it is only the 0-60 time.
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