As if the McLaren MP4-12C isn't special enough already, a meaner-looking and more muscular version has surfaced: the MP4-12C HS, or High Sport.

Prepped by McLaren Special Operations, the MP4-12C HS wears an improved aero package that borrows heavily from the MP4-12C GT3 racer. The car has a new nose, rear bumper, enlarged vents, bigger diffuser and a modified rear wing, as well as new wheels. The aero tweaks result in better intercooler performance, and the boost from the twin turbos is dialed up to deliver an extra 75 horsepower over the standard car's 592.

Only five examples will reportedly be built of this particular special edition. One has already gone to the crown prince of Bahrain and another to McLaren chairman Ron Dennis. So don't expect to see one of these rounding a corner near you, but you can check it out in the video after the jump.

UPDATE: McLaren informs us that, contrary to circulating reports, the respective heads of McLaren and Bahrain have not, in fact, taken delivery of MP4-12C High Sport editions.



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      Visnick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn McLaren and their instance on only making 5 examples of each platforms crazy performance variant
      Trent
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am so glad I waited and did not get the regular McLaren MP4-12!!
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Trent
        It's not that I can't afford a new Mclaren, it's that I'm waiting for them to make a hovering, 300mph one before I give them my money ;)
        EJ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Trent
        @ Trent - Funniest comment yet!
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know what to say...... for a car this caliber it doesn't look very unique. This is better than the standard MP3-16G but now it appears like a Ferrari F430 with huge side intakes.
      Mike B
      • 2 Years Ago
      More like a couple of one-offs rather than special editions, this car is part of the MSO program from McLaren and all enhancements are cosmetic (they aren't functional) and there's no power bump at all. Source: McLarenlife.com; Teamspeed.com
      Alex Butti
      • 2 Years Ago
      For all of you cry babies: You wish you had $500.000 to buy this McLaren! And for those of you that complain about the design, (bodykit) and its general appereance, you know McLaren does tests in the wind-tunnel right? The exterior mods were not done for pure sake, but to enhance the already awesome handling of the car.
      50merc
      • 2 Years Ago
      still ugly just like Brit women
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can you order one with a real transmission?
        Haub
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        I like how you've been down voted for a once cherished option on "real" drivers cars. Oh well, this is the future I guess. Save the manuals.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Haub
          Appreciating digital controls and enjoying them as much as the real deal are two separate things.
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Seriously this whole manual whinning is getting real tiring. If you want to drive a 'real drivers car' then go buy a Miata, Mustang GT, Corvette GS or even a 911. There is no room for driver error, clumsy foot, misshifts, exploding clutches in supercars. What's the point of spending tens of thousands to slim down the car only to have clumsy drivers pull of butter finger move on the track. Stop the whine~ "Can you order one with a real transmission?" if you can afford a MP3-16G, you can buy an additional car with manual transmission to play with.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          Doesn't seem like every supercar before the 2000's was exploding and disintegrating because it had a manual. Maybe if you were learning to drive stick on a 512TR, I could see some moderate clutch wear, but a driver who's passionate enough to buy a supercar is not going to have clumsy feet or blow up their clutch.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        No need to be a douche.
      Dani
      • 2 Years Ago
      after all that effort to make an amazing looking car, they slap on a crappy looking bodykit like that. wtf.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is McLaren going to follow the Bugatti/Zonda/Lamborghini route of special editions by rolling out new special editions what seems like every month? As for this car itself, I would have thought with the more serious performance additions, they would have gotten some more serious looking wheels.
        Dipstick!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        First special edition since launch =/= new model every month. They just responded to their customers' complaints.
      ThomasP
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really wish those details in the fromt fascia were body-color....
      peakarach1
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front end look light yrs better.
      • 2 Years Ago
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