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McLaren MP4-12C (above) and McLaren F1 (top) – Click above for high-res image gallery

The McLaren MP4-12C has barely hit the market yet, and already reports are surfacing of new variants. Last year we were already seeing reports of a convertible version in the works. Then reports of a potential privateer racing model trickled out a few months later. Now, word from across the pond is that McLaren Automotive is planning on squeezing an extra couple of seats into the MP4-12C to make it a proper 2+2.

With an enlarged cabin, the 2+2 would be the first four-seater to roll out of Woking – most of their chassis, after all, are single-seaters – but it wouldn't be the first McLaren with more than two seats: The famous McLaren F1 supercar featured a unique 1+2 configuration with a central driving position, a setup McLaren abandoned for the MP4. With the 2+2 version, it looks like at least one of your dates will have to sit in the back. Good luck smoothing that one over there, slick.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      The whole spirit of the supercar is based around selfishness and excess. Keep it as a 2 seater and leave the family at home!
      • 5 Years Ago
      More news on exotics nobody cares about...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yet you cared enough to make a comment?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I didn't recognize the cars, it would be impossible to tell which is the new car and which is the 15 year old car from the photo. It just goes to show how far the F1's design was ahead of it's time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To hell with the back seats.

      How about a Manual Transmission option?

      Yeah I know the DSG shifts faster, but I imagine a lot of enthusiasts prefer shifting manually even they I lose 2/10ths. I certainly do.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems like it would be a bad idea, i rather see a 3 seater like the old car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still really appreciate the MP4-12C's (can we please at least give this thing a nickname?) extreme technology contrasted by its smooth and subtle lines. I think it exudes design restraint which is refreshing with all the gewgaw supercar designs we've witnessed over the past couple of years (or decades).

      The +2 config should at least be interesting and likely well executed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      will they give this car a proper name eventually?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Never seen a picture of both McLaren road cars next to each other, so nice opportunity to compare the two. The F1 still looks better in my book.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So this isn't actually a report at all, just a rumor. That's real tantalizing.

        I think a 2+2 would be a good idea if executed properly - maybe some suicide half doors to grant access? In any case, the bland styling, while conservative and understated, could use some differentiation. *But* what's wrong with the 1+2 of the original? That was brilliant. A tad awkward, perhaps, but truly unique. That way, no modification would need be made to the wheelbase, messing up turning circle, handling and weight distribution. This mouthful of a car is poorly so far lacks vision. Show us something special and new.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The F1 was genius.

        It is hard to best that, especially when part of the issue is a quarter-price target, and thus why 12C is not a direct successor to F1, just a newer sports car.

        But the 12C is still quite attractive, IMHO. Better looking than F458.

        I am not convinced that a 2+2 is a grand idea. The Evora's rear seats are barely discernable. Porsche 911 has the packaging advantage of not having the engine in that location... but even those rear seats are miniscule.

        I love 2-seat mid-engined cars... and I like the MP4-12C on it's merits.

        But if you need more than two seats... either front-mid, or rear engine locations are better for packaging. Trying to fit two rows of seats, AND the drivetrain within the wheelbase is going to make the car as long as a bus, if the seats are at all useable.

        Front-mid engine, with rear transaxle, like Porsche 928 pioneered, is a better compromise for a 2+2, but still maintain a relatively well balanced chassis.

        And that is exactly why 928 was built that way, rather than a bigger, longer version of the 911, with the engine near the rear wheels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It has truly survived the test of time in my eyes.

        Its still looks great even today.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it looks better too, by far actually.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Except for the massive aspect ratio of those rear tires, the F1 does look more modern, if not more exotic..... Both still have ugly wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i think only the rims gives away the F1s real age... honestly..it looks better than the MP4-12C
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Mclaren,

      Do you accept kidneys for the beauty on the top right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it good or bad that the older car looks better and more modern?
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